Taliban leader scolds fighters for taking selfies, wearing sunglasses & ‘fashionable’ clothes

Taliban leader scolds fighters for taking selfies, wearing sunglasses & ‘fashionable’ clothes

A Taliban leader has declared selfies as compromising, especially if they include a senior member.

By Matthias Ang 

The Taliban have issued warnings to their foot soldiers for taking selfies, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported.

In an audio message released on Thursday, the Taliban government’s Defence Minister, Mawlawi Mohammad Yaqoob — a son of Taliban founder Mullah Omar — reprimanded the fighters for engaging in such an activity, as well as hanging out in large groups.

He said, “Stick to the tasks you have been assigned. You are damaging our status, which has been created with the blood of our martyrs.”

Taliban minister: Selfies are compromising the security of our leadership

Yaqoob highlighted that he was particularly annoyed with fighters who, during their encounters with the Taliban’s leaders, used their phones to take photos of them.

Such photos compromise the security of their leadership once they are uploaded onto social media, Yaqoob added, as it gives away their location.

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