Taliban Executive Order Outlaws Neckties For Male Students And Teachers

April 22, 2022

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The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban jihadi organization which seized power on August 15, 2021) has issued an executive order banning the wearing of necktie in schools and universities across Afghanistan.

In a letter dated March 15, 2022, the Islamic Emirate's Directorate of Private Education instructed the Fourth Educational Zone of Kabul to notify all schools that female students should wear an Islamic hijab and uniform while male students should not wear a necktie. A copy of the letter, along with its translation from Dari language into English, is given below.[1]

Soon after seizing power, the Afghan Taliban had started implementing strict Islamic laws and rules, outlawing the cutting and shaving of beards and fashionable hair styles while also destroying musical instruments and directing government employees to perform prayers in mosques. Live music parties at wedding functions, or playing of music in shops, vehicles, hotels, and bazaars, was also banned, rendering a large number of musicians, singers, and manufacturers of musical instruments jobless.

Taliban officials in southern Uruzgan province, according to Afghanpaper.com, a Dari language news website,  ordered government employees to conduct their appearance in accordance with the principles of Islam by growing a beard.[2] The newspaper quoted a local Taliban official as saying that government employees should align themselves with Islamic principles and change their appearance by growing a beard.[3]

According to another report, the Taliban's Ministry for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vices ordered hairdressers and barbers not to shave beards and or give their customers Western hairstyles. Hasht-e-Subah, a Pashtu-Dari language newspaper, reported that local Taliban officials ordered barbers in Pul-e-Khumri, capital of Afghanistan's northeastern Baghlan province, not to trim or shave their customers' beards.[4]

Below is a copy of the letter issued by the Kabul City Education Department:

"The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
"Ministry of Education
"Kabul City Education Directorate
"General Department of Educational Observations
"Executive Office

"Serial No. 186                                                                                               Date:  March 15, 2022

"To the 4th Education Zone of Kabul City

"Through letter No. 68 issued from the General Administration and Executive Office of the Directorate of Private Education on March 15, 2022 in accordance with the guidelines No. 265 dated March 31, 2022 and registered with this office on March 8, 2022, you are instructed that this letter is sent to you (this letter is about wearing Islamic hijab with the uniform of female students and teachers, and not wearing a necktie with the uniforms of male students and teachers) to follow these instructions and notify all schools related to you and report back to us.


"Maulvi Ehsanullah Khattab
"Director of Kabul City Education Department"


[1] Twitter.com, April 14, 2022.

[2] Afghanpaper.com, January 18, 2022.

[3] Afghanpaper.com, January 18, 2022.

[4] 8am.af (Afghanistan), January 19, 2922.

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