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Kabul, Aug 1 Authorities from the Taliban regime in Afghanistan have burned thousands of dollars worth of musical equipment, which included a guitar, harmonium and tabla, claiming that music “causes moral corruption”, a media report said.
According to the BBC report, the incident took place on July 29 in Herat province.
Images on social media showed that amplifiers and speakers were also set ablaze in the bonfire.
Many of these had been seized from wedding venues, the report added.
Responding to the incident, an official at the Taliban’s Vice and Virtue Ministry said playing music would “cause the youth to go astray”.
Ahmad Sarmast, Afghanistan National Institute of Music founder, likened the regime;s actions to “cultural genocide and musical vandalism”.
All forms of music were banned from social gatherings, TV, and radio while the Taliban were in power in Afghanistan from the mid-90s until 2001.