Taliban Bans Un-Islamic Imports


Afghanistan's ruling Taliban movement Wednesday banned the importation of 30 items that it said were un-Islamic, including playing cards, neckties, lipstick, nail polish and chessboards.

The hard-line Islamic movement's Voice of Shariat radio said the ban was ordered by the Taliban's supreme leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar.

Other items banned include fireworks; statues; fashion catalogs and greeting cards featuring pictures of people; musical instruments; cassettes; computer disks; movies; satellite TV dishes; pig fat products; and products made of human hair.

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