‘Bookseller of Kabul’ Forced to Flee

Shah Mohammad Rais (the ‘Bookseller of Kabul’), is considering an application for refugee status in Norway, due to the revelations in a new book, ”that his sisters had boyfriends”. The need for the Middle East to join the 21st century, couldn’t be greater. KGS59

“According to Rais this is because of the release of a version of the book in Farsi from an Iranian publisher is now available in Kabul. Another version from Pakistan, in Pushtu, is reportedly on the way, meaning the story will be accessible in Afghanistan’s other main language.

Rais argues that Seierstad’s book reveals details that can offend the largest ethnic group in Afghanistan, the Pashtuns, a group that still actively practice blood vengeance. Rais said that the revelation that his sisters have had boyfriends is dangerous as this is strictly forbidden.”

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