Taliban to ban music in public places in Afghanistan

Taliban to ban music in public places in Afghanistan

In his first interview with Western media since then As the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, one of the group's leaders tried to present it in a new light — insisting that the Taliban have changed since they last took power.

“We want to build a future and forget about what happened in the past, ”spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an interview with The New York Times.

During the conversation, he denied reports that the group was persecuting Afghans who helped the United States or the previous government and insisted that the Taliban did not intend to severely restrict the rights of women, as they did 20 years ago.

The interview took place just a day after Mr. Mujahid warned the women of Afghanistan that they might it will be safer to stay at home until Taliban fighters are instructed on how to handle them.

Although Muja Heed tried to create a new, much more tolerant image of the Taliban, he nevertheless confirmed the information that now music will be banned in public, «Profil magazine reports.

» Music is prohibited in Islam, «he said — but we hope that we can convince people not to do such things, instead of putting pressure on them. ”

When the Taliban came to power in 1996, they banned almost all music, calling her sinful. The tapes were destroyed and hung from trees, the Associated Press reported. An exception was made for some religious works.