Why Did the Taliban Ban Kite Flying?


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The Taliban banned kite flying in Afghanistan during its rule, which began in 1996, because it viewed the national past time to be anti-Islamic. A fiercely competitive sport in the country, kite flying involved strategically cutting the strings of others' kites by coating their lines in ground glass and adhesive.

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Why Did the Taliban Ban Kite Flying?
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Dancing, singing and bird-keeping were also all banned during the Taliban rule. Women suffered the most, being required to wear a burqa at all times, avoid working outside the home and leave the home only in the presence of a close male relative. Girls could also not attend school beyond the age of eight. The Taliban was overthrown in 2001, however, insurgencies still occur, as of 2014.

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