In another diktat that runs counter to its promise of being a moderate face, the Taliban has banned the broadcasting of the Indian Premier League (IPL) – the most lucrative and important cricket tournament in the world -in Afghanistan.
It has warned Afghan media outlets against broadcasting the IPL, citing the dancing involved and women spectators in stadiums. The terrorist group has stressed that women’s rights would be respected within the framework of Islam but has been short on details or limits to it.
Last week, Afghanistan’s new sports chief said that the Taliban would allow 400 sports – but declined to confirm if women can play a single one. “Please don’t ask more questions about women,” Bashir Ahmad Rustamzai told news agency AFP.
The Taliban government is made up exclusively of men.
During the Talibani brutal and oppressive regime from 1996 to 2001, they completely banned women from playing any sport while tightly controlled mens sports. They banned women from education and work. Many Afghan women and women’s rights activists globally fear a repeat of such policies. After the group toppled the US-backed government last month
In another chilling statement, a Taliban spokesman said women couldn’t become ministers, and they should give birth. “A woman can’t become a minister like you put something on her neck that she can’t carry. Women don’t need to be in the cabinet – they should give birth. Women protesters can’t represent all women in Afghanistan,” spokesperson Sayed Zekrullah Hashimi told TOLO news. Earlier this month, the Taliban’s new higher education minister said. They will allow Afghan women to attend university as long as they study separately from men. However, the Talabi government should amend its rule. As far as their Sharia interpretation is concerned, they are interpreting sharia as per their need. Women should have equal rights to work and everything in society.