kabul(zeropoint9) A rare public display of dissent within the ranks of Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban emerged in recent days when Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, a powerful government figure, delivered a speech in which he criticized his party’s supreme leader. stated.
The Taliban’s leadership has been opaque since the former insurgents took over the country in August 2021, with almost no indication of how decisions are made.
In recent months, the group’s supreme leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, has been active in party policy matters. Specifically, on his orders, the Taliban government banned women and girls from entering universities and schools after the sixth grade.
At a time when Afghanistan’s economy has collapsed, the sanctions have sparked an international outcry – and exacerbated a humanitarian crisis, increasing Afghanistan’s isolation. The restrictions also appear to contradict previous policies of the Taliban government.
Amidst the Taliban takeover, universities were banned until December, allowing women to continue their studies. Taliban officials have repeatedly promised to allow girls to attend secondary school, but last year the Taliban reversed their decision.
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