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Niqab is still allowed, Burqa look like just preference

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In full hijab and niqab, Afghan women TV presenters vow to fight on

AFP
May 23, 2022


AN Afghan woman, while covering her face, presents a programme at TOLOnews channel.—Reuters


AN Afghan woman, while covering her face, presents a programme at TOLOnews channel.—Reuters

KABUL: Women television presenters on Afghanistan’s leading news channels on Sunday vowed to speak up for their rights after being forced by Taliban authorities to cover their faces on air.

Since seizing power last year, the Taliban have imposed a slew of restrictions on civil society, especially on women and girls to comply with the group’s austere brand of Islam.

This month Afghanistan’s supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada issued a diktat for women to cover up fully in public, including their faces, ideally with the traditional burqa.

The Ministry for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice ordered women television presenters to follow suit.

After defying the order a day earlier, presenters on Sunday wore full hijabs and veils that left only their eyes on view across leading channels, including TOLOnews, Ariana Television, Shamshad TV and 1TV.


Male journalists at TV channel wear face masks in solidarity with women colleagues

“Today, they have imposed a mask on us, but we will continue our struggle using our voice,” Sonia Niazi, a presenter for TOLOnews, told AFP after presenting a bulletin. “I will never ever cry because of this order,
but I will be the voice for other Afghan girls.”

The diktat was an attempt to push women journalists to quit their jobs, Niazi said.

“It is like stripping off your identity,” she added.

“Despite this we want to raise our voice... We will come to work until the Islamic Emirate removes us from public space or forces us to sit at home.”


‘Not by choice but force’

Lima Spesaly, a presenter with news network 1TV, said it was difficult working under the Taliban government but she was ready for a fight. “We will continue our struggle until our last breath,” Spesaly told AFP, minutes before going on air.

TOLOnews director Khpolwak Sapai said the channel had been compelled to make its women presenters follow the order. “I was called on the telephone yesterday and was told in strict words to do it. So, it is not by choice but by force,” Sapai said.

Women presenters were previously only required to wear a headscarf.

Male journalists and employees at TOLOnews on Sunday wore face masks at the channel’s offices in Kabul in solidarity with the women presenters.

Other female employees continued to work with their faces visible.

Ministry spokesman Mohammad Akif Sadeq Mohajir said authorities appreciated that broadcasters had observed the dress code. “We are happy with the media channels that they implemented this responsibility in a good manner,” he said.

Mohajir said authorities were not against women presenters.
 

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In full hijab and niqab, Afghan women TV presenters vow to fight on

AFP
May 23, 2022


AN Afghan woman, while covering her face, presents a programme at TOLOnews channel.—Reuters


AN Afghan woman, while covering her face, presents a programme at TOLOnews channel.—Reuters

KABUL: Women television presenters on Afghanistan’s leading news channels on Sunday vowed to speak up for their rights after being forced by Taliban authorities to cover their faces on air.

Since seizing power last year, the Taliban have imposed a slew of restrictions on civil society, especially on women and girls to comply with the group’s austere brand of Islam.

This month Afghanistan’s supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada issued a diktat for women to cover up fully in public, including their faces, ideally with the traditional burqa.

The Ministry for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice ordered women television presenters to follow suit.

After defying the order a day earlier, presenters on Sunday wore full hijabs and veils that left only their eyes on view across leading channels, including TOLOnews, Ariana Television, Shamshad TV and 1TV.




“Today, they have imposed a mask on us, but we will continue our struggle using our voice,” Sonia Niazi, a presenter for TOLOnews, told AFP after presenting a bulletin. “I will never ever cry because of this order,
but I will be the voice for other Afghan girls.”

The diktat was an attempt to push women journalists to quit their jobs, Niazi said.

“It is like stripping off your identity,” she added.

“Despite this we want to raise our voice... We will come to work until the Islamic Emirate removes us from public space or forces us to sit at home.”


‘Not by choice but force’

Lima Spesaly, a presenter with news network 1TV, said it was difficult working under the Taliban government but she was ready for a fight. “We will continue our struggle until our last breath,” Spesaly told AFP, minutes before going on air.

TOLOnews director Khpolwak Sapai said the channel had been compelled to make its women presenters follow the order. “I was called on the telephone yesterday and was told in strict words to do it. So, it is not by choice but by force,” Sapai said.

Women presenters were previously only required to wear a headscarf.

Male journalists and employees at TOLOnews on Sunday wore face masks at the channel’s offices in Kabul in solidarity with the women presenters.

Other female employees continued to work with their faces visible.

Ministry spokesman Mohammad Akif Sadeq Mohajir said authorities appreciated that broadcasters had observed the dress code. “We are happy with the media channels that they implemented this responsibility in a good manner,” he said.

Mohajir said authorities were not against women presenters.

Just have male presenters. Why humiliate your women like this
 
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If we see on Quran, regarding about face, actually both men and women have similar desires, I mean women also see handsome guy with desire

So if Taliban wants to be fair, both men and women should wear Burqa in Afghanistan

Absolutely ! LOL. A similar thing was said by a member of the audience in a speech by Jamal Abdul Nasser in 1958 who was recalling a discussion he had with the chief of the "Muslim" Brotherhood in 1953 who wanted Nasser to impose the burqa on Egyptian females to which suggestion Nasser and the audience laugh :

i think these laws have more to do with their culture rather then Islam, thats a different thing Muslims uses the name of Islam for all their wishes

The Afghan females reject the burqa as being part of Afghan culture. Some months ago they kicked the burqa and burnt it publicly to demonstrate against the Taliban's atrocities against the females. Watch them and also the posters they hold :

So these rational and progressive Afghan females kick and burn the burqa while in my India I have @Areesh's dilruba :
MUSKAN.jpg


Most women are still not allowed to leave the house

Taliban is literally just turning Pashtun culture into written policy, that's literally it.

Please watch above vid.

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In full hijab and niqab, Afghan women TV presenters vow to fight on

AFP
May 23, 2022


AN Afghan woman, while covering her face, presents a programme at TOLOnews channel.—Reuters


AN Afghan woman, while covering her face, presents a programme at TOLOnews channel.—Reuters

KABUL: Women television presenters on Afghanistan’s leading news channels on Sunday vowed to speak up for their rights after being forced by Taliban authorities to cover their faces on air.

Since seizing power last year, the Taliban have imposed a slew of restrictions on civil society, especially on women and girls to comply with the group’s austere brand of Islam.

This month Afghanistan’s supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada issued a diktat for women to cover up fully in public, including their faces, ideally with the traditional burqa.

The Ministry for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice ordered women television presenters to follow suit.

After defying the order a day earlier, presenters on Sunday wore full hijabs and veils that left only their eyes on view across leading channels, including TOLOnews, Ariana Television, Shamshad TV and 1TV.




“Today, they have imposed a mask on us, but we will continue our struggle using our voice,” Sonia Niazi, a presenter for TOLOnews, told AFP after presenting a bulletin. “I will never ever cry because of this order,
but I will be the voice for other Afghan girls.”

The diktat was an attempt to push women journalists to quit their jobs, Niazi said.

“It is like stripping off your identity,” she added.

“Despite this we want to raise our voice... We will come to work until the Islamic Emirate removes us from public space or forces us to sit at home.”


‘Not by choice but force’

Lima Spesaly, a presenter with news network 1TV, said it was difficult working under the Taliban government but she was ready for a fight. “We will continue our struggle until our last breath,” Spesaly told AFP, minutes before going on air.

TOLOnews director Khpolwak Sapai said the channel had been compelled to make its women presenters follow the order. “I was called on the telephone yesterday and was told in strict words to do it. So, it is not by choice but by force,” Sapai said.

Women presenters were previously only required to wear a headscarf.

Male journalists and employees at TOLOnews on Sunday wore face masks at the channel’s offices in Kabul in solidarity with the women presenters.

Other female employees continued to work with their faces visible.

Ministry spokesman Mohammad Akif Sadeq Mohajir said authorities appreciated that broadcasters had observed the dress code. “We are happy with the media channels that they implemented this responsibility in a good manner,” he said.

Mohajir said authorities were not against women presenters.
I loved this :
Male journalists and employees at TOLOnews on Sunday wore face masks at the channel’s offices in Kabul in solidarity with the women presenters.
These male workers are more manly by a light year than the Taliban filth adored by one of our resident Tableeghis, @Qmjd.

Just have male presenters or goats. Why humiliate your women like this

Good point.
 

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If I was in the place of Taliban I would have allowed women to show their faces but without makeup or any other artificial beauty enhancements and that they should be paid equal to their male counterparts for the same amount of work. Also the selection of reporter should be based on merit not on visual appeal
 

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Absolutely ! LOL. A similar thing was said by a member of the audience in a speech by Jamal Abdul Nasser in 1958 who was recalling a discussion he had with the chief of the "Muslim" Brotherhood in 1953 who wanted Nasser to impose the burqa on Egyptian females to which suggestion Nasser and the audience laugh :



The Afghan females reject the burqa as being part of Afghan culture. Some months ago they kicked the burqa and burnt it publicly to demonstrate against the Taliban's atrocities against the females. Watch them and also the posters they hold :

So these rational and progressive Afghan females kick and burn the burqa while in my India I have @Areesh's dilruba :
MUSKAN.jpg




Please watch above vid.


I loved this :

These male workers are more manly by a light year than the Taliban filth adored by one of our resident Tableeghis, @Qmjd.



Good point.
again read my comment and try to comprehend it.
 

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If we see on Quran, regarding about face, actually both men and women have similar desires, I mean women also see handsome guy with desire

So if Taliban wants to be fair, both men and women should wear Burqa in Afghanistan
Fair point. I decree that all men should cover their faces, so that women don't get carnal desires by seeing them.
 

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In full hijab and niqab, Afghan women TV presenters vow to fight on

AFP
May 23, 2022


AN Afghan woman, while covering her face, presents a programme at TOLOnews channel.—Reuters


AN Afghan woman, while covering her face, presents a programme at TOLOnews channel.—Reuters

KABUL: Women television presenters on Afghanistan’s leading news channels on Sunday vowed to speak up for their rights after being forced by Taliban authorities to cover their faces on air.

Since seizing power last year, the Taliban have imposed a slew of restrictions on civil society, especially on women and girls to comply with the group’s austere brand of Islam.

This month Afghanistan’s supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada issued a diktat for women to cover up fully in public, including their faces, ideally with the traditional burqa.

The Ministry for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice ordered women television presenters to follow suit.

After defying the order a day earlier, presenters on Sunday wore full hijabs and veils that left only their eyes on view across leading channels, including TOLOnews, Ariana Television, Shamshad TV and 1TV.




“Today, they have imposed a mask on us, but we will continue our struggle using our voice,” Sonia Niazi, a presenter for TOLOnews, told AFP after presenting a bulletin. “I will never ever cry because of this order,
but I will be the voice for other Afghan girls.”

The diktat was an attempt to push women journalists to quit their jobs, Niazi said.

“It is like stripping off your identity,” she added.

“Despite this we want to raise our voice... We will come to work until the Islamic Emirate removes us from public space or forces us to sit at home.”


‘Not by choice but force’

Lima Spesaly, a presenter with news network 1TV, said it was difficult working under the Taliban government but she was ready for a fight. “We will continue our struggle until our last breath,” Spesaly told AFP, minutes before going on air.

TOLOnews director Khpolwak Sapai said the channel had been compelled to make its women presenters follow the order. “I was called on the telephone yesterday and was told in strict words to do it. So, it is not by choice but by force,” Sapai said.

Women presenters were previously only required to wear a headscarf.

Male journalists and employees at TOLOnews on Sunday wore face masks at the channel’s offices in Kabul in solidarity with the women presenters.

Other female employees continued to work with their faces visible.

Ministry spokesman Mohammad Akif Sadeq Mohajir said authorities appreciated that broadcasters had observed the dress code. “We are happy with the media channels that they implemented this responsibility in a good manner,” he said.

Mohajir said authorities were not against women presenters.
didn't know they had niazis in Afghanistan too
 

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If I was in the place of Taliban I would have allowed women...
Should you be in a position to allow or disallow others from dressing the way they want? Who or what gives you the right to "allow"?

Also the selection of reporter should be based on merit not on visual appeal
I agree. But that is a problem faced by women (and men, to an extent) everywhere in the world. Visual appeal takes precedence over talent.
 

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Fair point. I decree that all men should cover their faces, so that women don't get carnal desires by seeing them.

Good idea and fair as you say. But I have another idea which I have posted before. Apple is bringing out a smart glasses called Glass next year I think and this has to be connected to an iPhone in the pocket wirelessly. The main processing runs on the iPhone. Now all the Taliban / Tableeghi type males can be given the Apple Glass smart glasses and told to wear it at all times when in public and all the females can be told to keep their phone Bluetooth and GPS on. They should not wear the burqa. Both parties will run a software on their phones. The female phone will transmit info through Bluetooth that the phone user is female and a special software on the Taliban / Tableeghi male's iPhone will constantly be monitoring the area for Bluetooth transmissions by females' phones that have info of being female. Once such a correct info is received for a transmitter within eyesight of our Talibani / Tableeghi maybe up to 200 feet around him, wherever he turns the special software on the iPhone will send an image to be rendered on the Apple Glass smart glasses such that the form of the female whose phone is transmitting her gender info is replaced up by a full black virtual burqa and the info being accurate also because of GPS info inclusion. This way the females don't have to be imposed with the burqa and the Talibani / Tableeghi won't have to look at a sinfully uncovered female and hurt his delicate feelings. @Qmjd, you being a Tableeghi male can suggest improvements to my idea.

@Indos, what you think of my high tech but simple solution ?
 

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Good idea and fair as you say. But I have another idea which I have posted before. Apple is bringing out a smart glasses called Glass next year I think and this has to be connected to an iPhone in the pocket wirelessly. The main processing runs on the iPhone. Now all the Taliban / Tableeghi type males can be given the Apple Glass smart glasses and told to wear it at all times when in public and all the females can be told to keep their phone Bluetooth and GPS on. They should not wear the burqa. Both parties will run a software on their phones. The female phone will transmit info through Bluetooth that the phone user is female and a special software on the Taliban / Tableeghi male's iPhone will constantly be monitoring the area for Bluetooth transmissions by females' phones that have info of being female. Once such a correct info is received for a transmitter within eyesight of our Talibani / Tableeghi maybe up to 200 feet around him, wherever he turns the special software on the iPhone will send an image to be rendered on the Apple Glass smart glasses such that the form of the female whose phone is transmitting her gender info is replaced up by a full black virtual burqa and the info being accurate also because of GPS info inclusion. This way the females don't have to be imposed with the burqa and the Talibani / Tableeghi won't have to look at a sinfully uncovered female and hurt his delicate feelings. @Qmjd, you being a Tableeghi male can suggest improvements to my idea.

@Indos, what you think of my high tech but simple solution ?

Man, just wonder, Taliban doesnt have any guilty to gun down the other Muslim men over differences in interpreting Islam ( Afghan previous government troops), and they feel guilty to look on women face...what kind of logic is it ???
 

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