Afghanistan under Taliban rule: fundamentalist group bans barbers from shaving beards

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After the Taliban fell from power in 2001, many men went to barbershops in search of a different look.

The Taliban banned hairdressers in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, from shaving or trimming beards. According to the fundamentalist group took power in the country in AugustThis practice violates their interpretation of Islamic law.

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice said that anyone who violates the law will be punished.

Some barbers in Kabul, the country’s capital, said they had received similar orders.

The new rules mark a return to the strict rules that characterized the period of hard-line Taliban rule, when they held power until they were ousted by the United States in the early 2000s. The current changes contrast with recent promises of moderation made by the same fundamentalist group by taking over the government again.

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