Taliban chief and Afghanistan's supreme leader made the order on Saturday that all women in the country must wear the all-covering burqa while out in public - another harsh control imposed on Afghan women since the hardline Islamists seized power.
In a decree issued by Hibatullah Akhundzada that was released by Taliban authorities, he said: "They should wear a chadari (head-to-toe burqa) as it is traditional and respectful." The decree added, "Those women who are not too old or young must cover their face, except the eyes, as per sharia directives, in order to avoid provocation when meeting men who are not mahram (adult close male relatives)".
It also stated that if women had no important work outside it was "better they stay at home".
Between 1996 and 2001, during the Taliban's first regime, they imposed similar restrictions and stipulations on women.
This new control on women in Afghanistan comes a few weeks after Afghan women were banned from flying without a male chaperone.