A delegation of Pakistani Islamic clerics who recently visited Kabul said it urged the Islamic Emirate to reopen schools for female students beyond grade six, according to the country’s media outlet Geo News.
“In our meeting with the Afghan Taliban, we stressed that you must open girls' schools and colleges so they can get education. I gave them my example and told them that I am Mullah as well but my niece is presently serving as a general in the Pakistan Army,” said Maulana Tayyab, a member of the Pakistan clerics’ delegation who recently visited Kabul as quoted by Geo News.
Geo News quoted Maulana Tayyab as saying that he told the Islamic Emirate official that a female in Pakistan has translated the Holy Quran into the Pashto language, who is his wife.
Also, he said his wife had written a book in the Pashto language for helping others to understand the Holy Quran, according to the report.
“Had she not attended school and not gotten education, how could she have served the Holy Quran and our religion,” Maulana Tayyab told the Geo News. “They appreciated this and assured us that they would soon open girls' schools and colleges where they can get education according to the Sharia law.”
The schools for girls’ students beyond grade six have remained closed for more than 310 days.
Many international organizations and world countries expressed criticism toward the Islamic Emirate’s decision to ban secondary and high schools for female students.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the "US-Afghan Consultative Mechanism," the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the “Taliban’s decision to ban girls from attending secondary schools, a decision that happened while some girls were literally walking to school and others were already sitting at their desks, was a reversal of commitments they made to the Afghan people and to the world. “
Meanwhile, Geo News reported about the peace talks in Afghanistan between the Pakistan delegation and TTP leaders.
The report cited Maulana Tayyab as saying that their meetings went well and they were quite optimistic about the success of the peace process.
“They told us Pakistan is our home and we would love to return home. I told them that it doesn’t make sense that you are coming to your home with arms and they said they would not object to whatever you people decide,” Maulana Tayyab said as cited by Geo News.
The Islamic Emirate has yet to comment on the matter.