Taliban ban barbers from trimming beards in Afghanistan province


The Taliban have banned hairdressers in Afghanistan’s Helmand province from shaving or trimming beards, saying it breaches their interpretation of Islamic law and anyone who violates the rule will be punished.

The instructions suggest a return to the strict rulings of the group’s past tenure in power, despite promises of a milder form of government.

The Taliban came into power in August after the insurgent group seized several of Afghanistan’s provinces and took over Kabul, the country’s capital.

When the Taliban held sway from 1996 to 2001, and under their Sharia law, men were required to grow beards while the women were made to wear an all-encompassing burqa, covering both their hair and face.

Music was banned to prevent the promotion of vulgarity, while citizens could only listen to religious chants.

The Taliban also banned television and cinema, and some electronic products were outlawed as un-Islamic.

The latest development suggests an imposition of former Islamic laws that governed their past tenure.

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