Taliban stop visas to journalists
NNI, February 27, 1999

ISLAMABAD (NNI): Taliban restricted the entry of Pakistani and other foreign journalists into Afghanistan, a Taliban diplomat said on Friday.

"We have stopped issuing visas to Pakistani and journalists from other countries after publishing of some photographs in various papers," the diplomat said.

The embassy, he said, has received orders from Taliban's leadership in Kandahar not to grant visa to any Pakistani and journalists from other countries. However, he said the embassy only receives visa application forms and fax them to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kabul.

Taliban always show lukewarm response to journalists who want to proceed to Afghanistan. They are not allowing correspondents to visit Mazar-e-Sharif, Bamiyan and Herat.

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