KABUL (Pajhwok): Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has asked the European Union (EU) to use dialogue and interaction instead of imposing sanctions.
The European Union said on Thursday it was imposing restrictive measures against 18 individuals and 5 entities for human rights violations in Afghanistan, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Ukraine and Russia.
The IEA ministers of Education and Justice as well as the acting Chief Justice of the Afghanistan Supreme Court are among the six individuals sanctioned because of their sexual and gender-based violence, the EU said in a statement.
The EU said these IEA officials were involved in depriving girls and women of education and work, obstructing access to justice and equal treatment between women and men.
However, Zabihullah Mujahid wrote on his Twitter page today that the policy of sanctions was in no one’s interest.
He said the EU should resolve issue through interaction, dialogue and understanding instead of pressure and sanctions.
The EU has imposed similar sanctions on acting higher education minister Neda Mohammad Nadeem and acting minister of law Muhammad Khalid Hanafi.