The acting interior minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani, stressed the need for unity among Muslim nations as he met with religious scholars from Egypt, Sudan, and Palestine in Kabul on Friday.
Abdul Nafay Takor, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, said that in this meeting, Haqqani asked the clerics to convey the voice of the Afghan people to the world.
“Khalifa Sahib welcomed the scholars and underlined the unity among the Muslim world,” Takor said.
The religious leaders arrived in Afghanistan at a time when women's employment and education had recently been suspended.
The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) said in a statement that the leader of the Islamic Emirate had rejected IUMS’s delegation request for a meeting with its delegation.
“This delegation aimed to open the Islamic and international doors to the Islamic Emirate or part of them and in addition to providing help for the Afghan people, to offer the necessary funds for education,” said Al-Qaradaghi, the Secretary General of the IUMS.
“The goal of this trip and this delegation was to learn about the situation in Afghanistan, to share ideas with Afghan government leaders and scholars, as well as to discuss opinions on key matters that demand an interchange of opinions and solutions from a Sharia aspect," said Fazlhadi Wazeen, a member of the IUMS.
Meanwhile, in an interview with CNN, former British Prime Minister James Gordon Brown criticized the ban on women from working and education in Afghanistan.
“Girls are being banned from secondary school, women are being banned from university, women teachers in university are being thrown out, women are being thrown out from public service jobs and they are not allowed to go out on their own without being accompanied by their male,” Brown said.
“If they have identified any issues with it or say that it needs reforms, they should clarify this and present it to the institutions to bring up reforms," said Abdul Sadiq Hamidzoi, a political analyst.
“In the month of Hamal (April 2023), our sisters should be able to continue their education in a secure environment because if this process continues, it will spread a bad reputation beyond in international politics against the Islamic Emirate,” said Mohammad Ajmal Zormati, an international relations analyst.
The Islamic Emirate suspended women and girls’ access to higher education and employment in NGOs more than three weeks ago. So far, it hasn't made a specific decision in this regard.