Taliban nonetheless illegitimate rulers say Afghan girls activists

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KABUL: The Taliban stay illegitimate rulers regardless of a declaration by hundreds of male clerics endorsing their hardline authorities, Afghan girls activists mentioned Sunday.
The clerics pledged allegiance to the Taliban and its reclusive chief Saturday following a three-day assembly that failed to handle thorny points corresponding to the precise of teenage women to go to high school.
The Taliban — who seized energy final August — have since tried to current the assembly as a vote of confidence of their imaginative and prescient of a pure Islamic state completely subservient to sharia legislation.
They insisted final week that girls can be represented on the assembly — attended by over 3,500 males — however solely by their sons and husbands.
“Statements launched or pledging allegiance to the Taliban in any gathering or occasion with out the presence of half of the nation’s inhabitants, the ladies, are usually not acceptable,” Hoda Khamosh, a rights activist at the moment in exile in Norway, informed AFP.
“This summit… doesn’t have legitimacy, validity, or the approval of the individuals.”
Since returning to energy in August, the Taliban’s harsh interpretation of sharia legislation has imposed extreme restrictions on Afghans — notably girls.
Secondary faculty women have been barred from schooling and girls prevented from working in authorities jobs, forbidden from travelling alone, and ordered to decorate in clothes that covers every little thing however their faces.
The Taliban have additionally outlawed taking part in non-religious music, ordered TV channels to cease displaying films and soaps that includes uncovered girls, and informed males they need to gown in conventional garb and develop their beards.
In Kabul, a collective of girls’s teams additionally slammed the clerics’ assembly as not consultant.
“The ulema (clerics) are only one a part of society, they don’t seem to be the entire,” organiser Ainoor Uzbik informed AFP after a press convention.
“The choices they made serve solely their very own pursuits and are usually not within the curiosity of the nation and its individuals. There was nothing for ladies on the agenda, nor within the communique.”
In a press release, the collective mentioned males just like the Taliban held absolute energy earlier than in historical past — however often just for a short while earlier than being dumped.
“The one factor Afghans can do is to boost their voice and demand the worldwide neighborhood places strain on the Taliban,” Uzbik mentioned.

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