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Malala sends letter to Taliban 1 month after girls' school ban

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KABUL: Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Pakistani Taliban as a schoolgirl, has urged Afghanistan's new rulers to let girls return to school.

It has been one month since the hardline militant Taliban, which seized power in August, excluded girls from returning to secondary school while ordering boys back to class.

The Taliban have claimed they will allow girls to return once they have ensured security and stricter segregation under their interpretation of Islamic law - but many are sceptical.

"To the Taliban authorities ... reverse the de facto ban on girls' education and reopen girls' secondary schools immediately," Yousafzai and a number of Afghan women's rights activists said in an open letter published on Sunday (Oct 17).

Yousafzai called on the leaders of Muslim nations to make it clear to the Taliban that "religio

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