Taliban says burqa not mandatory for women, hijab is

DOHA: The Taliban gave the first indication on Tuesday (Aug 17) since coming to power that they would not make the full burqa compulsory for women as they did when they last ruled Afghanistan.Under the militants' hardline 1996-2001 rule, girls' schools were closed, women were prevented from travelling and working, and women were forced to wear an all-covering burqa in public. "The burqa is not the only hijab (headscarf) that (can) be observed, there is different types of hijab not limited to burqa," Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for the group's political office in Doha, told Britain's Sky News. The burqa is a one-piece overgarment that covers the entire head and body, with a mesh panel to see through. Shaheen did not specify other types of hijab that would be deemed acceptable by the Taliban.

Taliban says burqa not mandatory for women, hijab is

DOHA: The Taliban gave the first indication on Tuesday (Aug 17) since coming to power that they would not make the full burqa compulsory for women as they did when they last ruled Afghanistan.

Under the militants' hardline 1996-2001 rule, girls' schools were closed, women were prevented from travelling and working, and women were forced to wear an all-covering burqa in public.

"The burqa is not the only hijab (headscarf) that (can) be observed, there is different types of hijab not limited to burqa," Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for the group's political office in Doha, told Britain's Sky News.

The burqa is a one-piece overgarment that covers the entire head and body, with a mesh panel to see through.

Shaheen did not specify other types of hijab that would be deemed acceptable by the Taliban.