Kabul: Taliban-appointed chancellor Mohammad Ashraf Ghairat on Monday said women will not be allowed to study or teach in Kabul University until an Islamic environment is created.
"A bad misunderstanding of my words by the New York Times. I haven't said that we will never allow women to attend universities or go to work, I meant that until we create an Islamic environment, women will have to stay at home. We will work hard to create a safe Islamic environment soon," he tweeted.
He had earlier tweeted: "Folks!I give you my words as the chancellor of Kabul University: as long as real Islamic environment is not provided for all, women will not be allowed to come to universities or work. Islam first."
A bad misunderstanding of my words by the New York Times. I haven't said that we will never allow women to attend universities or go to work, I meant that until we create an Islamic environment, women will have to stay at home. We work hard to creat safe Islamic environment soon. https://t.co/7Yrdtd3GKL— Mohammad Ashraf Ghairat Ù…ØÙ…Ø¯ Ø§Ø´Ø±Ù ØºÛŒØ±Øª (@MAshrafGhairat) September 28, 2021
His appointment as Kabul University's chancellor by the Taliban was met with a storm of criticism over his lack of credentials, reports CNN.
However, he had rejected the criticisms against him and said he was "fully qualified to hold this chair."
"For all those who criticize my appointment as the chancellor of Kabul University, I request you to calm down and inquire about me and my academic background. By the grace of Allah I have spent all my life in academic centers and have been a researcher and knowledge seeker my entire life. I see myself my fully qualified to hold this chair. Anyone interested to know more about me can come to the university, I will be happy to get to hear from you," he tweeted.
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