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Afghanistan: Girls’ secondary schools were closed on the orders of Amir-e-Taliban

KABUL:  While everyone expressed surprise at the closure of girls’ secondary schools in Afghanistan on the first day of reopening, there are indications that the Taliban leadership is divided into two distinct groups on this important issue.

According to the international news agency , a senior Taliban official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that when the girls’ secondary schools reopened, Taliban leader Mullah Habibullah Akhundzada himself intervened and closed the schools.

The senior official further revealed that a secret meeting was held in Kandahar after the opening of the girls’ secondary school in which Supreme Leader Habibullah Akhundzada and some other senior personalities including Chief Justice Abdul Hakim Sharia, Minister for Religious Affairs Noor Muhammad Saqib and Deputy Muhammad Khalid Hanafi. Opposed

The Taliban official told AFP that two groups had emerged since the formation of the Taliban government, one conservative and the other a civic group, and that conservatives had won the round.

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