Pakistan urged the Afghan authorities to revisit the decision to suspend university and higher education for girls in Afghanistan.

“Pakistan is disappointed to learn about the suspension of the university and higher education for female students in Afghanistan,” the Foreign Office (MoFA) said in a statement.

The FO said Pakistan’s position on this issue had been clear and consistent. “We strongly believe that every man and woman has the inherent right to education in accordance with the injunctions of Islam,” it said. “We strongly urge the Afghan authorities to revisit this decision”.

The Afghan Taliban authorities on Tuesday ordered an indefinite ban on university education for girls, the ministry of higher education (MoHE) (وزارت تحصیلاتِ عالی) said in a letter issued to all government and private universities.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of UAE (MoFAIC) Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan telephoned Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in which they discussed developments in Afghanistan and the Taliban’s decision to ban the education of girls and women in Afghanistan’s universities.

Both leaders emphasized that Islam had accorded women a privileged position, and safeguarded their rights, according to Foreign Office. They affirmed the need to guarantee women’s rights, as well as the importance of full and equal participation of women and girls in all aspects of life. Both the foreign ministers underscored their firm position in support of security, stability and peace in Afghanistan.

They also called for the advancement of international efforts aimed at building a more sustainable future for the Afghan people.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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