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Women in Afghanistan banned from cricket, sports

Ahmadullah Wasiq, the deputy chairman of the Taliban’s culture mission, claimed in an interview with the Australian network SBS that women’s sport was neither appropriate nor required.

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Taliban government has banned females and women cricket team from playing and participating in sports in Afghanistan.

Ahmadullah Wasiq, the deputy chairman of the Taliban’s culture mission, claimed in an interview with the Australian network SBS that women’s sport was neither appropriate nor required.

“I don’t think women will be allowed to play cricket because women don’t need to play cricket,” Wasiq said. “In cricket, they might face a situation where their face and body will not be covered. Islam does not allow women to be seen like this”.

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“It is the media era, and there will be photos and videos, and then people watch it. Islam and the Islamic Emirate [Afghanistan] do not allow women to play cricket or play the kind of sports where they get exposed.”

 

These statements have ensued worry among the female population who fears more curbs of their freedom in the coming days. Social media users from all over the world have been arguing about the exclusion of women in the new government announced by the Taliban. 33 male members will be run the new government.

There had already been concerns regarding the future of women in Afghanistan following the takeover of Kabul by the Taliban. Thousands have fled to other countries to save their lives. Among them is the female journalist who had interviewed a Taliban spokesman who has fled Afghanistan. Beheshta Arghand had made history in the country by conducting a ground-breaking interview of the spokesman of the Taliban on August 17 following the takeover of Kabul by the Afghan government.

The journalist fled the country because she is afraid for her life after taking the interview on Tolo News. Two days later, she had interviewed education activist Malala Yousafzai. Malala Yousafzai had survived the assassination attempt in the head in 2012 by the Taliban.

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Meanwhile, her interview of Taliban spokesperson was ground-breaking and exemplary as she was the first Afghan female journalist to interview the Taliban on national television. Her second interview was exemplary because it was the first time Malala was interviewed on any Afghan channel

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