World Afghan girls school ban would be un-Islamic - Pakistan
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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has said preventing women from accessing education in neighbouring Afghanistan would be un-Islamic.
In an interview with the BBC, Mr Khan laid out the conditions that would need to be met for Pakistan to formally recognise the new Taliban government.
He called for the leadership to be inclusive and to respect human rights.
Mr Khan also said Afghanistan should not be used to house terrorists who could threaten Pakistan's security.
Last week, the Taliban excluded girls from secondary schools with only boys and male teachers allowed back. But Pakistan's leader said he believed girls would soon be able to attend.
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It is Pakistan's hope that the international community will be able to develop an agreed approach to respond to the new realities in Afghanistan. A fractured and competitive approach will squander the opportunity of promoting peace, security and prosperity in Afghanistan and the entire region.Ambassador Munir Akram is a permanent representative of Pakistan at the United Nations.The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.
"The statements they have made since they came to power have been very encouraging," he told the BBC's John Simpson.
"I think they will allow women to go to schools," he said. "The idea that women should not be educated is just not Islamic. It has nothing to do with religion."
Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August, fears have grown over a return to the regime of the 1990s when the hardline Islamists severely restricted women's rights.
Its leadership maintains that the rights of women will be respected "within the framework of Islamic law".
The decision to exclude girls from returning to school last week prompted an international outcry, with a Taliban spokesman later saying they would return to the classroom "as soon as possible".
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But it is not yet clear when girls will be able to return or what form of education will be provided if they do.
When pressed on whether the Taliban would realistically meet his criteria for formal recognition, Mr Khan repeatedly called on the international community to give the group more time.
"It's just too early to say anything," he said, adding that he expected Afghan women to eventually "assert their rights".
Pakistan has not been seen by all as a firm ally in the battle against jihadist terrorism. It has long been accused by many in the United States and elsewhere of providing support for the Taliban, something it denies.
After the 9/11 attacks that were planned in Afghanistan, Pakistan positioned itself as an ally of the US in the so-called "war on terror". But at the same time, parts of the country's military and intelligence establishment maintained links with Islamist groups like the Taliban.
Taliban replaces ministry for women with ‘guidance’ ministry
A new sign outside the Women’s Affairs Ministry announced it was now the ‘Ministry for Preaching and Guidance’.It was the latest troubling sign that the Taliban is restricting women’s rights as they settle into government, just a month since they overran the capital Kabul. In their first period of rule in the 1990s, the Taliban denied girls and women the right to education and barred them from public life.
Mr Khan said that Pakistan would make a decision on whether to formally recognise the Taliban government alongside other neighbouring states.
"All neighbours will get together and see how they progress," he said. "Whether to recognise them or not will be a collective decision."
Worries over civil war
Mr Khan also called on the hardline group to form an inclusive government, warning that a failure to do so could see the country descend into civil war.
"If they do not include all the factions, sooner or later they will have a civil war," he said. "That would mean an unstable, chaotic, Afghanistan and an ideal place for terrorists. That is a worry".
On Tuesday, a Taliban spokesman announced the remaining members of Afghanistan's all-male government.
The additions included a doctor as health minister, but analysts say the government is predominantly made up of loyalists with little minority representation.
Social media campaign highlights colorful Afghan clothing to protest Taliban dress code .
Social media campaign highlights colorful Afghan clothing to protest Taliban dress code"I was very concerned that the world would think that those clothing worn by those women in Kabul was traditional Afghan clothing, and I don't want our heritage and culture to be misrepresented," said Jalali, who lives in Glenwood, Maryland, about an hour's drive from Washington.