Afghanistan. The Taliban leader says “good news” will come “very soon” about girls’ education

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Propaganda or hope for middle and high school girls? Taliban-appointed government interior minister Sirajuddin Haqqani on Monday promised “very good news” for “very soon” about girls returning to secondary schools in Afghanistan.

A problem with the dress of the students

“I would like to make a clarification. Nobody opposes education for women, “Sirajuddin Haqqani, one of the most reserved Taliban leaders for some time, said in his first televised interview with US channel CNN International.

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At the end of March, the Taliban (in power since the withdrawal of American forces in August) closed high schools and universities for girls, hours after their long-announced reopening. Girls can still attend primary school. But, “beyond these levels, work continues on a mechanism” to reopen secondary schools, she assured her in this rare interview. This “mechanism” would be related to the clothing required for prospective students, explaining that education should be based on Afghan “culture” and “Islamic rules and principles” and referring “more generally” to the issue of hijab use. .

Very soon you will hear great news about it.

The Taliban demanded after their return to power that women wear at least the hijab, a scarf that covered the head but revealed the face. But since the beginning of May they have forced them to wear the full veil in public, preferably the burqa, already mandatory during their first passage to power between 1996 and 2001.

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“Whoever entrusts his daughters or sisters does so on the basis of total trust. We must create the conditions to guarantee their honor and their safety. We are taking steps to that effect, “she said.

This unexpected reversal, ordered by the supreme leader of the movement and the country, Hibatullah Akhundzada, has outraged the international community.

His head put a bounty in the United States

Sirajuddin Haqqani remains on the FBI’s most wanted suspects list, which has pledged up to $ 10 million for information that could lead to his arrest.

But the minister explained to CNN that “the last twenty years have been a period of fighting and defensive wars”, but that in the future he wanted “to have good relations with the United States and the international community”. “Currently we do not see them as enemies,” he insisted, assuring that the Taliban intended to respect the agreement signed with Washington in 2020, in which they pledge not to let Afghanistan go back to being a rearguard base for terrorist attacks against. the Americans.

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