KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban insurgents have ordered residents of a province near the capital Kabul to stop watching television, saying the networks were showing un-Islamic programs, officials and local media said on Tuesday.
The order is the last in a wave of curbs that the resurgent militants have announced in areas they are active.
A senior Afghan information ministry official, Najib Manelai, said that dozens of masked men with weapons entered mosques in Logar province at the weekend and threatened residents against watching television
“They threatened the people that ‘if you do not give up watching televisions, you will face violence’,” Manelai told Reuters.
Media reports quoted residents as saying that the Taliban imposed the ban because TV networks were showing programs that were “un-Islamic and anti-Afghan culture.”