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Taliban minister sides women ban from university

Higher Education Minister Nida Mohammad Nadim has said that the decision to the university ban was taken due to several issues the most triggering being female students not wearing Islamic attire.

He also stated that interaction between students of different genders also contributes to the decision.

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“They didn’t observe Hijab; they were coming with the clothes that most women wear to a wedding,” he said.

Nadim further added that discussions over female education are still going on and religious education remained open to female students.

Nadim also claimed that the Taliban-run administration respects women’s rights following Islamic law.

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Earlier this week Taliban administration imposed a ban on women’s university education.

On Wednesday, female university students were denied admission to campuses and were told that their access would be restricted until further notice.

Foreign governments and some Afghans harshly criticized the action, which led to protests in Afghan cities.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken claimed that the Taliban are attempting to darken the future of women by forbidding them from attending universities.

“We are engaged with other countries on this right now. There are going to be costs if this is not reversed,” the US secretary of state told a news conference while declining to provide further details.


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