Bowing to international pressure, the Taliban government in Afghanistan has agreed not to force Hindus to wear yellow badges, an issue which created a world-wide stir, a newspaper here reported today.
According to a fresh understanding reached between the Taliban and the Hindu community, the Hindus would be issued identification cards and they would be required to keep them in their pockets and produce them whenever needed, The News daily quoting diplomatic sources reported.
It said two Pakistani diplomats - Additional Secretary Foreign Office Aziz Ahmad Khan and Pakistan's Ambassador to Kabul Arif Ayub - met Afghan Foreign Minister Maulvi Mutawakil recently and convinced him to reconsider the militia's decision.
The Taliban had issued a decree in May this year asking minorities in Afghanistan to wear a piece of thumb-sized yellow cloth on their pockets.
The order had sparked international furore, coming as it does a month after the destruction of the two giant Buddha statues in Bamiyan.
The edict, in reality, affected only the Afghan Hindus. For, the minuscule Sikh population is easily identifiable by turbans and flowing beards.