Young ladies wearing white hijabs and dark tunics packed into homerooms in the western Afghan city of Herat only days after the Taliban's takeover.
As the school opened its entryways, the understudies hurried down hallways and visited in yards, apparently absent to the strife that has immersed the country in the previous fourteen days.
The scenes — which many dreaded would be restricted under the Taliban — were shot by an AFP cameraman this week, only days after contenders from the hardline gathering took the city following the breakdown of government powers and nearby local army.
"We need to advance like different nations," said understudy Roqia. "Also, we trust the Taliban will keep up with security. We don't need war, we need harmony in our country."
With its closeness to the Iran line, the old Silk Road city of Herat has for some time been a cosmopolitan exemption for more moderate places.
Ladies and young ladies strolled all the more unreservedly in the roads, going to schools and universities in tremendous numbers in a city renowned for its verse and expressions.
Its drawn out future remaining parts dubious, notwithstanding.
Students sit at the schoolyard in Herat following the Taliban's shocking takeover of the country. — AFP
Under the hardline form of Shariah law that the Taliban forced when they controlled Afghanistan during the 1990s, ladies and young ladies were generally denied schooling and work.
Full-face covers became required out in the open, and ladies couldn't leave homes without a male partner.
What lies ahead?
Public floggings and executions, including stoning for infidelity, were done in city squares and arenas.
What lies ahead for ladies with the Taliban back in power stays muddled.
Openly, the Taliban are endeavoring to push the story that they have watered down a portion of their more outrageous situations, with their representative declaring on Tuesday an authority pardon for "everybody" engaged with the conflict.
During the gathering's first authority public interview in Kabul since retaking power, Taliban representative Zabihullah Mujahid said the past agitators were "focused on allowing ladies to work as per the standards of Islam".
Asked what the thing that matters was between the development expelled 20 years prior and the Taliban of today, he said: "If the inquiry depends on philosophy, and convictions, there is no distinction … in any case, on the off chance that we ascertain it dependent on experience, development, and understanding, no question there are numerous distinctions."
"The means today will be emphatically not the same as the previous advances," he added.
In this document photograph, Taliban watch a road in Herat, Afghanistan. — Reuters/File
All things considered, individuals have been entering public life circumspectly, with ladies to a great extent missing from the roads of Kabul and men exchanging their Western garments for more customary Afghan attire.
There stays monstrous concern around the world about the Taliban's severe common freedoms record — and a huge number of Afghans are as yet attempting to escape the nation as the gathering sinks into power.
Only days in the wake of being in charge, it stays hazy in case there is any authority instruction strategy or regardless of whether chats with schools have been held by the Taliban.
Notwithstanding, during a meeting with Britain's Sky News this week, another Taliban representative Suhail Shaheen offered affirmations on the subject.
Ladies "can get schooling from essential to advanced education — that implies college", he said.
A great many schools in regions caught by the Taliban were as yet functional, he added.
In Herat, school head Basira Basiratkha communicated careful positive thinking, saying she was "thankful to God" that they have had the option to return.
"Our dear understudies are going to their classes in enormous numbers while sticking to hijab," she said.
"Tests are proceeding. "