The Japan Times, June 18, 1998

Taliban to close women's schools

KABUL (Reuters) Afghanistan's Taliban Islamic movement announced the closure of all private schools and vocational centers for women Tuesday, accusing them of being un-Islamic and a source of propaganda against its rule.
"Deeds against Shariat (Islamic law) were committed there and... some foreigners were involved in propaganda activities against the Taliban," Maulvi Qalamuddin, acting minister for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, or Taliban's religious police, told reporters.
But he said the Taliban authorities were considering developing a unified procedure to resume the vocational centers under government supervision.
Qalamuddin declined to specify involvement of foreign nationals that the authorities regarded as objectionable.
"We have not arrested any foreigner involved in this conspiracy against us yet," he said.