Mullahs grumble about "un-Afghan" foreign TV series, while the rest of the population is glued to the screen.
By Wahidullah Amani and Jean MacKenzie in Kabul (ARR No. 281, 31-Jan-08)
One of the most unpopular policies of the Taleban regime when it controlled Afghanistan was its almost total ban on anything fun. No music at weddings, no photos, no kite flying, not even chess.
These restrictive rules ended when the Taleban were driven out of Kabul by the United States-led Coalition in late 2001. But many clerics have been scandalised by what they regard as the excessively liberal environment that followed.
Now the Ulema, or council of religious scholars, has decided that foreign television serials are causing the people of Afghanistan to turn from the path of righteousness, and has urged the government to stop them being broadcast.
RLCC: This article will help to give people outside Afghanistan some insight into the situation there.
Institute for War & Peace Reporting: Afghan Recovery Report on January 30, 2008, 5:00pm