Taliban: Some Restrictions in Provinces Not Official
Not official — they want you to choose it voluntarily because not choosing is unofficially very uncomfortable.
[ToloNews] Officials at the Ministry of Culture and Information reacted against a recent statement that imposed limitations on shaving beards and women''s use of smartphones in some provinces, saying this is not the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
’s official position.

The reaction comes as a letter was reportedly distributed in Kapisa, Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
and Takhar provinces where the shaving and trimming of beards and women's ownership of smartphones was prohibited.

Inaamullah Samangani, a member of the Cultural Commission in the Ministry of Culture and Information, called the statement invalid.

"The Ministry of Virtue and Vice officially announced that the statement has not been issued by the ministry; whatever is on social media is not from the ministry," he said.

Residents of Kapisa province said the Taliban’s provincial department of virtue and vice ordered that the shaving or trimming of beards is prohibited, calling it great sin.

"They told us to not shave and not trim stylistically. Someone who violates this will face legal punishment," said Alem, a hairdresser.

Sadullah Salehi, a local news hound, said: "Residents welcomed some restrictions, like those on expenses of wedding ceremonies and firing in the air, which are included in the statement."

The department of virtue and vice in Helmand province has also banned hairdressers in the province from shaving or trimming beards, saying anyone violating this order will be punished.

Municipal workers in Takhar province also received the same order.

Some leaders said imposing restrictions will not benefit the Taliban. "Such actions harm the Islamic emirate. This makes the world nervous and international recognition will remain impossible," said Sayed Ishaq Gailani, the head of the National Solidarity Party of Afghanistan.

Previously some restrictions were imposed on women’s education and work, and the Taliban has not allowed Afghan girls to resume secondary school.

What they’re going on about:
Taliban issue no-shave order to barbers in Helmand province

[AlAhram] The order in Helmand province was issued by the provincial Taliban government's vice and virtue department to barbers in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital.

``Since I have heard (about the ban on trimming beards) I am heart broken,`` said Bilal Ahmad, a Lashkar Gah resident. ``This is the city and everyone follows a way of living, so they have to be left alone to do whatever they want.''

During their previous rule of Afghanistan, the Taliban adhered to a harsh interpretation of Islam. Since overrunning Kabul on Aug. 15 and again taking control of the country, the world has been watching to see whether they will re-create their strict governance of the late 1990s, Some indication came on Saturday, when Taliban fighters killed four alleged kidnappers and later hung their bodies in the public squares of the western city of Herat.

``If anyone violates the rule (they) will be punished and no one has a right to complain,'' said the note issued to the barbers. It wasn't immediately clear what penalties the barbers could face if they don't adhere to the no shaving or trimming rule.

During the Taliban's previous rule, the conservative Islamists demanded that men grow beards. Since being ousted from power following the U.S.-led invasion in 2001, shaved or cleanly trimmed beards have become popular in the country.

Barbershop owner Sher Afzal in Lashkar Gah said the decree hurts the bottom line. ``If someone comes for a haircut, they will come back to us after 40 to 45 days, so it is affecting our business like any other businesses,'' he said.
Posted by: trailing wife 2021-09-28