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No beards, no services says Taliban

Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban movement will not provide any services to men without beards, a Reuters report said on Monday.

A decree issued by Taliban’s reclusive leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, copies of which were pasted at the gates of various government ministry buildings, said citizens without beards would not be considered for jobs or any other services, Reuters said. “Growing a beard is the tradition of Islam’s Prophet Mohammad that must be followed by Muslims,” the decree said.

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