Taliban have banned protests in Afghanistan without approval

The Taliban government has banned protests across Afghanistan without prior permission from the authorities. This is said in a statement from the country’s Interior Ministry.

“Those who protest without permission will be responsible for the consequences, if any,” Pajhwok news agency quoted the document as saying on Thursday, September 9.

It is noted that demonstrations can only take place after obtaining permission from the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior.

The protests in question have been taking place since September 6 in several cities in Afghanistan, including Kabul, Herat, Ghazni and Mazar-e-Sharif. The protests are aimed at supporting the National Resistance Front in the northern Panjsher province, which has not submitted to the Taliban, and against the policies of Pakistan.

According to media reports, the Taliban used violence against protesters, including women, to break up the demonstrations and also obstructed the work of reporters.

On September 8, the Taliban said that foreign funding of protests taking place in Afghanistan.

In addition, on August 17, Afghan women took to the streets of Kabul to demand respect for their rights. On that day, representatives of the movement invited women to participate in the government of the country and to be present in the future government.

However, on September 8, Ahmadullah Wasik, deputy head of the Taliban’s cultural commission, said that women in Afghanistan could not participate in sports in which their faces or bodies would be visible.