Middle East

Taliban relish pedalos riding as Afghans protest over girls school ban

16:05, 19 September 2021
Taliban relish pedalos riding as Afghans protest over girls school ban Photo: WeedaMehran/twitter.com

The imagery of Taliban fighters riding pedalos appeared in the net as Afghan citizens protested over the ban on girls returning to high school.

Many insurgents armed with assault rifles and RPG’s were embedded spending time riding swan-shaped vessels on the water at Band-e Amir National Park, the place once was incredibly popular for international travelers and domestic tourists.

Band-e Amir park contains six deep blue lakes located in the Hindu Kush mountains, some 45 miles from Bamiyan, where there had been two monumental statues of Vairocana Buddha and Gautama Buddha, carved into the side of a cliff, before 2001 when the Taliban destroyed it. Such a barbaric move triggered global condemnation of the Taliban regime.

On Saturday, the Taliban made it clear that girls are not allowed to visit high school while boys and male teachers were ordered to return back to classrooms. Thus the Taliban seem to be breaking their promises to ease their strict rules regarding girls.

Previously the Taliban had control over Afghanistan in the period between 1996 and 2001. The women’s rights were reduced to a minimum during that period as they were completely barred from public life as well as from the educational sphere.

The statement issued by the Taliban on Friday reads:

“All male teachers and students should attend their educational institutions.”

There wasn’t any mention of girls.

Some Afghan boys refused to return to school in solidarity with girls.

Some days earlier, the Taliban replaced Women’s Affair Ministry, consisted mostly of women employees, with “Ministries of Prayer and Guidance and the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.”