Afghan girls school ban would be un-Islamic, Pakistan PM says

Afghan girls school ban would be un-Islamic, Pakistan PM says
Imran Khan sits with BBC. Source. BBC
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Daily US Times: Imran Khan, Pakistan’s Prime Minister, has said preventing girls from accessing education in neighbouring Afghanistan would be un-Islamic.

Mr Khan laid out the conditions in an interview with BBC that would need to be met for Pakistan to formally recognise the new Taliban government.

He called for the Afghan leadership to be inclusive and to respect human rights, adding that Afghanistan shouldn’t be used to house terrorists who could threaten Pakistan’s security.

The Taliban excluded girls from secondary schools last week with only boys and male teachers allowed back to schools. But Mr Khan said he believed girls would soon be able to attend.

Mr Khan said the statements Taliban had made since they took control of the country have been very encouraging

“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,” he said.

Since the Taliban took power in August, fears had grown over a return to the Taliban regime of the 1990s when the hardline Islamists severely restricted women’s rights.

Its leadership has been saying that the rights of women will be respected “within the framework of Islamic law”.

The decision to exclude girls from returning to school prompted international criticism, with a Taliban spokesman later saying they would return to the classroom “as soon as possible”.

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