The Taliban in Afghanistan banned all political parties in the nation citing the Sharia and saying that such activities are against Islamic law.
This new jolt to the fight for restoration of democracy and polity comes a day after the Taliban marked the second anniversary of the takeover of Kabul.
The press conference was led by Abdul Hakim Sharei, the Taliban minister of justice, who said under the Sharia - which is a set of laws and precepts that govern the daily lives of Muslim people - there is no concept of political parties.
“There is no Sharia basis for political parties to operate in the country.
They do not serve the national interest, nor does the nation appreciate them," Sharei said without adding much detail.
At least 70 major and small political parties were formally registered with the Afghanistan justice ministry till 2021 but after Taliban reclaimed control of war-ravaged Afghanistan and subsequent withdrawal of US forces, the political system in the nation fell apart.
Taliban has curbed freedom of association, assembly and expression to suppress criticism against the government but it allows its supporters to enjoy these rights. »