Taliban accused of banning sports in some areas of Ghazni
Mohammad Jan, a resident of Mamorwalo locality in Andar district, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban had warned residents against playing cricket, volleyball, football and other sports.
He said the insurgents had also imposed restrictions on wearing sports uniforms through letters distributed to civilians.
Niamatullah, another resident of Ali Kala locality, said the Taliban banned playing sports in the districts.
Mohammad Ibrahim, hailing from the Sulemanzai neighbourhood of Deh Yak district, confirmed the rebels had asked people to stay aloof from sports.
But Haji Manan, a tribal elder, supported the ban on playing sports for the time being, not forever. As a result of the restriction, students could pay more attention to their studies.
Badshah Hazbar, head of the Olympic Committee, verified the Taliban action. He said the central government had been informed that sports had been banned in most areas.
Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid vehemently denied the militant group had proscribed sport in Ghazni. He said an investigation in this regard had been launched.
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