The interior minister of the government appointed by the Taliban, Sirajuddin Haqqani, promised on Monday May 16 to “very good news” for “very soonabout a return of girls to secondary schools in Afghanistan, in a rare interview with the American channel CNN International.
At the end of March, the Taliban, in power since the withdrawal of American forces in August, closed high schools and colleges for girls, just hours after their reopening, which had been announced for a long time.
“No one is opposed to education for women”
This unexpected reversal, ordered by the supreme leader of the movement and the country, Hibatullah Akhundzada, outraged the international community. “I would like to make a clarification. No one opposes education for womensaid Sirajuddin Haqqani, long one of the most secretive Taliban leaders, who only showed his face in public for the first time in March.
He argued that girls could already go to class in primary school. “Beyond these levels, work continues on a mechanismallowing secondary schools to reopen, he added in his very first television interview. “Very soon you will hear very good news about it“, he assured the star journalist of CNN International, Christiane Amanpour.
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“Islamic rules and principles”
Sirajuddin Haqqani hinted that this “mechanismwas related to the dress required for future students, explaining that education should be based on “culture“Afghan and the”Islamic rules and principles», and evoking «wider» the issue of wearing the hijab. The Taliban demanded after their return to power that women wear at least a hijab, a scarf covering the head but revealing the face.
But since the beginning of May, they have imposed on them the wearing in public of a full veil, preferably the burqa, already compulsory during their first passage to power between 1996 and 2001.Someone who entrusts his daughters or sisters does so on the basis of complete trust. We must create the conditions to guarantee their honor and their security. We are taking steps to this end“, he assured.
The Haqqani network is accused of carrying out some of the most violent attacks perpetrated by the Taliban in Afghanistan in the past 20 years. Sirajuddin Haqqani himself is still on the FBI’s most wanted suspects list, which has promised up to $10 million for any information that could lead to his arrest.
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