‘We are not forcing women to wear hijab’: Haqqani

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The acting Minister of Interior, Sirajuddin Haqqani, said the Islamic Emirate is committed to the rights of everyone and that it is not forcing women to wear hijab but advising them.

In the second portion released of a CNN interview, Haqqani, the acting Interior Minister, said the hijab is not compulsory but is an Islamic order.

“If we talk about the edict, there is Hijab, education, and work. Hijab is an order according to the Islamic Sharia,” he said. “Within the Islamic government, we are committed to the rights of everyone. We are not forcing women to wear hijab, but we are advising them and preaching to them from time to time. Hijab is also (to) create a dignified environment for women’s education and work, hijab is not compulsory but is an Islamic order that everyone should implement.”

Haqqani called on the international community to engage with the current Afghan government.

“The point is that interpretation of the current situation is not accurate. Instead of seeing Afghanistan from a specific angle from far away, they should come to take a closer look at the situation inside Afghanistan,” he said.

When asked about women’s access to work, he said that the Islamic Emirate is seeking to provide work opportunities for women within the framework of Islamic and national principles. “Here in Afghanistan there are Islamic, national, cultural, and traditional principles; within the limit of those principles, we are working to provide them with opportunities to work and that is our goal,” he said.

He also said in the first part of the interview that the Islamic Emirate wants “good relations with the US and the international community.”

He said that soon good news will be heard about the education of girls and that a mechanism is being developed in this regard.

The acting Minister of Interior, Sirajuddin Haqqani, said that the Islamic Emirate wants “good relations with the US and the international community.”

Haqqani in an interview with CNN said that “there is no one” who “opposes education for women” in Afghanistan.

He said that soon good news will be heard about the education of girls and that a mechanism is being developed in this regard.

“We all believe that education has been created as a blessing from God, which has been made essential to both men and women. As I mentioned earlier, there is no one who is opposed to education,” he said. “The problem is education based on the Afghan way of thinking and understanding, the culture aspect of Afghanistan. there is an issue of making arrangements of Islamic rules and principles.”

While asked if he still considers the US the “enemy,” the acting Interior Minister, who is also the deputy leader of the Islamic Emirate, said they do not “look at them (US) as enemies” and are committed to the Doha agreement, and want relations with the US based on principles and diplomatic norms.

“I would like to make a small clarification. The period of the last 20 years was a situation of defensive fighting and war. When the agreement was made in Doha, we decided that we would not be talking about this. In the future we would like to have good relations with the United States and the international community,” he said.

Haqqani once again reiterated his assurance that the Afghan soil will not be threatened by anyone.—Tolonews

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