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IEA lays down new rules for TV broadcasting companies

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(Last Updated On: November 22, 2021)

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) announce Monday it has set out a new “religious guideline” for TV channels to follow.

The Ministry of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice said in an eight-article statement that media outlets need to adhere to Islamic regulations and values during broadcasting programs.

According to the statement, women are banned from appearing in TV dramas and female journalists and presenters must always wear an “Islamic Hijab.”

The articles of the statement are as follows:

1- The media may not broadcast TV series where women play a role.
2- Broadcasting of comedies that humiliate people are forbidden.
3- Broadcasting of movies and videos that show men’s body parts are forbidden.
4- Domestic and foreign films that are contrary to Sharia law and principles are prohibited.
5- Female journalists must observe the Islamic hijab.
6- Broadcasting serials and programs which portray the prophets are forbidden.
7- TV channels must not broadcast anti-Sharia films.
8- The media must refrain from broadcasting programs and serials in which the religion and dignity of mankind is disrespected.

Akif Muhajir, a spokesman for the Ministry, stated: “They (media) have to obey, otherwise we will see in future how to treat with them.”

Zabihullah Mujahid, Deputy Minister of Information and Culture, said the IEA will not accept other views being forced on them and if the “media want to operate, it is welcome but within the framework of Sharia.”

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Islamic countries to meet on Afghanistan crisis on Dec. 19

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Pakistan’s foreign minister called on Saturday for a fresh effort to stop neighboring Afghanistan sliding further into crisis as he announced an extraordinary meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) later this month. 

The meeting of foreign ministers from Islamic countries will be held in Islamabad on Dec. 19, with delegations from the European Union and the so-called P5 group of the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China also invited.

“To abandon Afghanistan at this stage would be a historic mistake,” Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi told a news conference in Islamabad, warning that half the country was facing the risk of starvation that could trigger further chaos.

“Instability could give way to renewed conflict, it could trigger an exodus of refugees,” he said.

There have been growing warnings of the humanitarian crisis facing Afghanistan since international aid was abruptly cut following the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) takeover on Aug. 15 and fears of disaster if the situation is not brought under control.

However, getting help in has been hindered by sanctions on dealing with the IEA, the U.S. decision to freeze billions of dollars of central bank reserves held outside Afghanistan and the collapse of much of the country’s banking system.

Pakistan recently agreed to allow 50,000 tonnes of wheat to transit through its territory from India to help Afghanistan but aid agencies have warned that much more help is urgently needed.

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Pakistan to let Afghan trucks transport wheat from India to Afghanistan

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Pakistan’s has allowed India to transport 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat and life-saving medicines through Wagah as humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, the Pakistani government said in a statement Saturday.

“With a view to further facilitate Pakistan’s decision to allow transportation of 50,000 MT of wheat and life-saving medicines from India to Afghanistan via Wagah border on an exceptional basis for humanitarian purposes, it has been decided to also allow the use of Afghan trucks for transportation from Wagah border to Torkham,” read the statement.

“This demonstrates the commitment and seriousness of the Government of Pakistan to facilitate the proposed humanitarian assistance.”

The statement noted that the decision was conveyed to the Charge d’ Affaires of India on Saturday at the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs adding that “the Indian government was also urged to proceed quickly to take necessary steps to expeditiously undertake the delivery of the humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.”

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France, Europeans working to open joint mission in Afghanistan: Macron

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Several European countries are working on opening up a joint diplomatic mission in Afghanistan that would enable their ambassadors to return to the country, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday.

Western countries have been grappling with how to engage with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) after they took power in Afghanistan in mid-August.

The United States and other Western countries shut their embassies and withdrew their diplomats when the previous government collapsed, following which the IEA declared an interim government whose top members are under U.S. and U.N. sanctions.

“We are thinking of an organisation between several European countries… a common location for several Europeans, which would allow our ambassadors to be present,” Macron told reporters in Doha before heading to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, Reuters reported.

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