Youth flee Tagab as Taliban launch vice-and-virtue drive
KABUL (Pajhwok): Residents and local officials said on Sunday the Taliban had launched an Amr Bil Maroof Wa Nahi Anil Munkar (enjoining virtue and forbidding evil) campaign in areas under the their control in the Tagab district in central Kapisa province.
Shah Agha, an inhabitant of the district, told Pajhwok Afghan News members of the Taliban’s Vice and Virtue Commission were patrolling the area to see whether or not the Shari law was observed by the people.
He said foreign militants were part of the commission that cut hair of youngsters and ordered people to wear clothes in line with their dress code. “The Taliban have warned youth against shaving their beard,” he claimed.
Lal Gul, a resident of Solh-i-Kala, revealed around 100 youngsters had fled the area as a result Taliban’sthreats and strict interpretation of the Sharia -- a move reminiscent of their oppressive rule when girls’ education and music were outlawed.
Qudus Sapi,the district’sadministrative head, confirmed the militants had imposed their way of life in areas under their control. Youth had clashed with the Taliban forcing them into the implementation of their orders.
Although Taliban Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has not yet commentedon the forcible enforcement of Amr Bil Maroof Wa Nahi Anil Munkar, he earlier said the group had not banned sports or other wholesome activities.
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