Afghanistan’s Taliban has instructed all government employees to wear a beard and adhere to a dress code or risk being fired.
This is the latest of several restrictions imposed by the hard-line Islamist administration.
Employees were being instructed not to shave their beards and to wear local clothing consisting of a long, loose top and trousers, and a hat or turban.
They were also told to ensure they prayed at the correct times, in strict observance of the Islamic tenets.
Workers were told they would be unable to enter offices and would be fired if they did not meet the dress codes
It was gathered that representatives from the Propagation of Virtue Ministry and Prevention of Vice patrolled entrances to government offices on Monday to ensure that employees comply with the new rules.
The Taliban had, last week, banned women from taking flights without a male chaperone and failed to open girls’ schools as promised.
On Sunday, it ordered parks to be segregated by sex, with women allowed to enter three days a week and men the other four days, including the weekend, meaning even married couples and families cannot visit together.
The Taliban administration has continued to draw criticism at home and from Western governments for forcing its interpretation of Islamic law onto all Afghans.
The administration’s U-turn on the opening of girls’ schools on Wednesday, March 23, led to protests from the international community, including the United States, which pulled out of planned meetings with Taliban officials in Qatar, to discuss key economic issues.
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