Taliban announces ban on all political parties in Afghanistan

City of Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo: Reuters

The Taliban’s Ministry of Justice declared on Wednesday that the activities of all political parties in Afghanistan are banned, asserting that they are not in line with the interests of the people.

Abdul Hakim Sharaee, the Taliban’s Acting Minister of Justice, informed reporters in Kabul that political parties lack a Sharia basis, rendering their continued operations unnecessary.

“Political parties do not have a Sharia basis, nor are they in the interest of the nation, nor does the nation want it. Experience has shown that the current destruction of the country is due to the country’s political parties,” he stated.

Under the republican government, Afghanistan housed numerous significant political parties that participated in at least three presidential elections in the country since 2001.