Taliban travel restrictions for women draws rare rebuke from Pakistan

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The Pakistani government has voiced rare criticism of the Taliban in Afghanistan by denouncing the ultra-conservative group’s new travel restrictions on women. “Women can’t travel alone or go to schools and colleges … this kind of retrogressive thinking is a dangerous,” Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said late on Monday. “This extremism can spill over into Pakistan and beyond,” the minister said in the capital Islamabad. His comments come after Taliban authorities said on Sunday that women seeking to travel long distances should not be offered transport unless they are accomp…

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