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Taliban minister claims 95% popular support for restrictions on women

The Taliban’s deputy minister for work, Din Mohammad Haqbin, has claimed that 95 per cent of Afghanistan’s population are against women working.

Speaking to TOLO News on Thursday, Haqbin claimed that “Out of 100 percent, 95 percent of Afghans do not want their women to go to work. Only five percent of the people are making statements on (women work’s), and they are trained by the foreigners, but these claims are inaccurate.”

The Taliban has imposed over 50 restrictions on women and girls, including prohibitions on working in most sector.

Haqbin accused the group’s critics of interference in Afghanistan’s affairs.

“Why are they interfering in this issue? Every country has its own tradition, religion and law. It is even stated in the UN law that every religion should be respected. We don’t want westerners to impose their laws on us,” he said.

Earlier, marking Malala Day, the activist and Nobel Laureate, Malala Yousafzai, condemned the Taliban for its reversal of women and girls’ rights.

Speaking in Abuja, Nigeria, Malala said that she “despaired” at the group’s actions and policies on women and girls.

The Taliban has been widely condemned by the international community and human rights group, but it has refused to refused to reconsider restrictions imposed on women and girls.