Former US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has condemned the Afghan Taliban’s announcement to stop allowing girls to attend university calling it shocking and incomprehensible.
Khalilzad while talking to Express Tribune said, “Women’s banishment from higher education by a faction within the Taliban is shocking and incomprehensible.”
He added that there is nothing in Islamic or Afghan history that can justify this act.
In addition, Khalilzad gave a historical example noting that in the 15th-century girls and boys were educated in regions that are today a part of Afghanistan.
He also added that most Taliban leaders oppose this eccentric ruling and that he believed that the Afghan people are also against this wrong-headed decision.
In answer to a query, he stated that the world would properly and vehemently condemn this choice and increase pressure on the Taliban.
Khalilzad urged Taliban opponents of the judgment as well as other Afghan authorities to exert every effort to have the verdict overturned and allow girls to attend high schools and universities.
As per media reports, several prominent Taliban figures including Sirajuddin Haqqani, Mullah Yaqub, and Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Baradar support the decision.
Afghan administration on Tuesday decided to impose a ban on female university education which is receiving criticism worldwide.