in new The directives of the Taliban that took control of Afghanistan Since mid-August, the militant movement has issued directives to barbers.
According to a recent circular issued by the movement’s officials in the southern province of Helmand, barbers are prohibited from cutting beards, or even putting music in stores while working.
The local authorities in the southern province made it clear, in a statement circulated on Sunday to barber shops, according to local media, that from today onwards, shaving beards and playing music in barbershops or public baths are strictly prohibited.
It also hinted that violators will be punished immediately, adding that they will not have the right to file any complaint.
A Taliban member (archive – Associated Press)
ghost of the past
This circular comes in addition to a series of measures recently taken and imposed by the movement, which revived the ghost of the past when the Taliban ruled the country in the 1990s, imposing an iron grip on the Afghans, and implementing its extremist laws.
Noting that the movement’s officials had recently hinted at the possibility of a softening of its policy, but the facts on the ground do not indicate that.
A few days ago, one of its founders confirmed that the death sentences and the amputation of hands will return, and on Saturday, the movement’s members hung bodies in the city of Herat and toured the roads.
Bodies hang in the western Afghan city of Herat (Archive – Associated Press)
In addition, it had previously asked female employees in a number of regions not to return to their work centers for the time being.
It is noteworthy that these measures increase the fears of the international community, which has emphasized more than once the need to respect human and women’s rights in the country, as part of a package of conditions set for recognizing the movement and dealing with it officially.