Highlights:

  • The Taliban have directed hairdressers in Afghanistan’s Helmand province not to shave or trim beards
  • The Taliban ministry has prohibited stylish hairstyles in Helmand province
  • Its order states that the hairdresser must follow Sharia Law while shaving beards and cutting hair

The Taliban have directed hairdressers in Afghanistan’s Helmand province not to shave or trim beards, according to reports. A notice issued by the provisional ministry for the propagation of virtue and prevention of vice cited that those who violate the directive will be punished.

The Taliban ministry has prohibited stylish hairstyles in Helmand province. Reports suggest that the Taliban has also asked the saloon owners not to play music inside the premises. Moreover, its order states that the hairdresser must follow Sharia Law while shaving beards and cutting hair. The hardline group had implemented a ban on stylish haircuts while forbidding men from growing beards during its rule from 1996-2001.

As per reports, barbers in the country had already taken steps to ensure that they are not targeted by the group when it reclaimed its power last month and began restrictions on fashionable styles. Taliban’s latest development follows after one of its leaders Mullah Nooruddin Turabi affirmed executions will return in the country.

In the 90s, Turabi was the justice minister in the Taliban government. So far, the group has prevented girls from attending schools. Nevertheless, the Taliban’s spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid asserted that girls in the country will return to school “as soon as possible” without mentioning a date. The Education ministry asked boys to return to school.

Furthermore, the group has been slammed for not appointing any women in the cabinet, together with the lack of an inclusive government. However, Mujahid voiced the government’s view stating that women will be “appointed to certain positions in the necessary sections.”

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