Former President Hamid Karzai expressed concerns over the closure of girls' schools, saying that the decision to close the schools for female students in grade 7-12 is not based on Islamic values but is made based on Pakistan’s order.
He made the remarks in an interview with Der Spiegel.
Karzai said that depriving girls from education means an isolated Afghanistan which will not be able to stand on its own feet.
"Girls’ being prevented from going to school is not about Islamic values but is made based on Pakistan’s order. Pakistan’s goal is a defenseless and weak Afghanistan," he said.
Karzai urged the Islamic Emirate to make efforts to gain recognition.
"Yes, Pakistan doesn’t want girl’s schools to be reopened, the strategic benefit for Pakistan is to reduce the status (representation) of Afghanistan at the UN,” said Torek Farhadi, an international relations analyst.
"The general evolution is based on education and knowledge and when today this path is being closed in Afghanistan, we have no expectation that the Afghan society will develop," said Abdul Rahman Ilahi, a university instructor.
A spokesman for the Islamic Emirate called Karzai’s remarks only Karzai's personal view, but didn't provide a comment on the reopening of girls schools.
"The Islamic Emirate is at the final (stage) of its independency. This is an absolutely baseless and inaccurate understanding," said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.
Karzai also suggested that the Islamic Emirate should pay attention to human rights and the implementation of general amnesty announced by the supreme leader of the Islamic Emirate, Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada.