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EU sanctions nine members of Taliban


Kabul: The European Union Council announced on Tuesday it had sanctioned nine individuals and three entities, including two Taliban Ministers.

According to EU Council, two acting Taliban ministers for Higher Education, Neda Mohammad Nadim, and for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, Mohammad Khalid Hanafi, who are behind the decrees banning women from higher education and gender-segregated practices in public spaces, are among the nine sanctioned individuals.

“The listed individuals and entities will now be subject to an asset freeze in the EU and will be subject to a travel ban to the EU countries.

Last year, the Ministry of Higher Education of Afghanistan announced a complete ban on female students’ university education, which prompted massive reactions from the international community.

While speaking at a graduation ceremony on Tuesday, Minister Nadim said that the closure of the universities for girls is not permanent.

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