Kabul: The Taliban announced a list of deputy ministers on Tuesday, failing to name any women, despite an international outcry when they presented their all-male Cabinet ministers earlier this month.
The list was presented by government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid at a new conference in the Afghan capital, Kabul.
The list of deputy ministers signals that the Taliban have not been swayed by the international criticism and that they’re doubling down on their current hard-line path despite initial promises of inclusivity and upholding women’s rights.
Not Their First Time Undermining Women Rights in Afghanistan
Taliban spokesperson Sayed Zekrullah Hashimi’s recent interview with TOLO News had stoked a controversy wherein he stated that women cannot be ministers and should restrict themselves to giving birth.
“Women can’t be ministers, they should give birth,” Hashimi said in a recent interview, which soon became viral on social media. The recent interview reinforces the perception of the Islamic hardline group’s claim that they will have a new improved version of their rule in Afghanistan, unlike in the 1990s.
Previously, the Minister of higher education in Afghanistan installed by Taliban, Sheikh Molvi Noorullah Munir made headlines on Sept 10, after he raised question about higher education. Munir was heard saying that PhD, Masters’ degrees are not important.
“No Phd degree, master’s degree is valuable today. You see that the Mullahs and Taliban that are in the power, have no Phd, MA or even a high school degree, but are the greatest of all,” he was heard saying in a video widely circulated on social media.
His remarks clearly reveal the mindset of the Taliban government, which many experts say was expected.
(With inputs from PTI)