Twenty years since the Taliban’s hardline regime “was ousted from Kabul, the Islamists are back in power and putting a new political agenda into practice.
While promising a more inclusive government, top posts have been handed to veteran leaders who played key roles in their notoriously brutal 1996-2001 rule.”
Hibatullah Akhundzada, the Taliban’s secretive supreme leader, has said the government would “work hard towards upholding Islamic rules and sharia law”.
While much remains opaque, here is what is known about their policies on key issues so far:
“How the all-male leadership treat women is expected to be critical to any resumption of Western economic aid on which the country depends.
The Taliban have sought to distance themselves from the harsher policies of old when half the population was excluded from work and education.”
“Under new rules, women may work “in accordance with the principles of Islam”, the Taliban have decreed, without giving further details.
Women can also study at university in classrooms that are segregated by sex, but they must wear an abaya robe and niqab covering most of the face.”
Under the last regime women were forced to wear the all-covering burqa which has only a small mesh window to see from.