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Taliban outlaws shaving of beards by barbers in Afghanistan

Hairstylists in Afghanistan have been banned by the Taliban from shaving or trimming beards because doing so breaches the islamic laws, the BBC reports.

Anyone violating the rule will be punished, the Taniban’s religious police have said.

Some barbers in the capital Kabul said that they have received similar orders. The Taliban had earlier promised a milder form of government on her re-installment but the instructions suggest a return to the strict rulings of the group in the past.

Since taking control last month, the Taliban has given out harsh punishments on opponents. On Saturday, the group’s fighters shot dead four alleged kidnappers and their bodies were hung in the streets of the western city of Herat.

In a notice posted on salons in southern Helmand province, Taliban officers warned that hairdressers must follow Sharia law for haircuts and beards.

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“No one has a right to complain,” the notice, which was seen by the BBC, read.

 

“The fighters keep coming and ordering us to stop trimming beards,” one barber in Kabul said.

“One of them told me they can send undercover inspectors to catch us.”

Another hairdresser, who runs one of the city’s biggest salons, said he received a call from someone claiming to be a government official. They instructed him to “stop following American styles” and not to shave or trim anyone’s beard.

During the Taliban’s first stint in power from 1996 to 2001, the hardline Islamists banned flamboyant hairstyles and insisted the men grow beards. But since 2001, clean-shaven looks have become popular and many Afghan men have gone to salons for fashionable cuts.

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