Taliban requires government employees to have beards to enter workplace

The Afghanistan Taliban in its latest diktat has asked all male government employees to wear a beard to office or risk being fired from the job.

The new instructions from the Taliban’s Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice began being implemented on Tuesday.

The ministry officials were seen inspecting employees who were entering government offices. The men have also been asked to not wear Western suits to offices. The Afghan men are now required to wear traditional long, loose tops and trousers, with a turban to cover their heads.

“Foreign ministry employees were prevented from getting into the ministry, Vice and Virtue of Taliban warned them, if they don’t grow beards and stop wearing suits, they won’t be allowed to enter the ministry premises, employees at foreign ministry tells me,” an Afghan national was quoted as saying by TUKO.