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Afghan woman governor, who stood up against Taliban, taken into custody

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Salima Mazari, one of the only three female governors of Afghanistan who is known for raising her voice against the Taliban has now been taken into custody by the terrorist outfit, according to local reports. Mazari is the Hazara district Governor of Chaharkint, Balkh.

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Mazari had said earlier that there will be no place for women if the insurgents take control of the country.

“In the provinces controlled by the Taliban, no women exist there anymore, not even in the cities. They are all imprisoned in their homes,” she had said in an interview from Mazar-e-Sharif, before it fell to Taliban.

Mazari is a member of the Hazara community – most of whom are Shia Muslims, who the Sunni Taliban consider a heretical sect.

They have been regularly targeted by the Taliban and Islamic State fighters, including an attack on a school in the capital in May that killed more than 80 girls.

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Before Taliban’s sweeping takeover of Afghanistan, Mazari had been recruiting locals to supplement the conventional security forces in the district to fight off the militants.

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