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The Taliban leader’s confession to the group’s discrimination against the Persian language

The Taliban leader’s confession to the group’s discrimination against the Persian language

In a recent statement published by the Ministry of Good and Prohibition of the Taliban, Mullah Hebatullah Akhundzada, the leader of this group, stated that there should be no discrimination between Persian and Pashto languages in Afghanistan. In a message attributed to Akhundzadeh, it is warned that anyone who violates this order will be prosecuted and punished.

The announcement comes amid growing concerns about the Taliban’s apparent hostility to the Persian language since the group returned to power in August 2021.Several reports have been published about the deliberate removal of Persian signs from government institutions and universities in several provinces of Afghanistan, and in addition, the Taliban has changed the Persian name of some government offices to Pashto.

Recently, the Ministry of Higher Education of the Taliban has also issued a list of Persian words that are prohibited from being used.

According to experts, the systematic marginalization of the Persian language by the Taliban has faced widespread criticism from human rights activists and politicians.

On the other hand, human rights activists have also claimed in a letter to UNESCO that the Taliban have attacked cultural symbols and elements related to the Persian language in Afghanistan, including the removal of Persian words from signs, the removal of Rumi’s pictures, and the destruction of Amir Ali Shir’s statue. Navai pointed out.