An Afghan-born BBC anchor obtained a startling name from a Taliban spokesman whereas she was reporting reside on air after the extremist group toppled the federal government.
Yalda Hakim saved her poise when Suhail Shaheen dialed her cell phone whereas she was conducting an interview, in line with The Solar.
She shortly switched gears, transferred Shaheen to a loudspeaker and peppered the rep with questions because the Taliban declared victory in Kabul 20 years after being faraway from energy by US-led forces.
“OK, now we have obtained the Taliban’s spokesperson Shail Shaheen on the road. Mr. Shaheen, are you able to hear me?” the Australian journalist stated.
After confirming that he may hear her, Shaheen launched right into a speech wherein he promised “peace” within the war-ravaged nation.
“There shouldn’t be any confusion, we’re certain the folks of Afghanistan within the metropolis of Kabul, that their properties and their lives are protected. There shall be no revenge on anybody. We’re the servants of the folks and of this nation,” he stated.
“Our management has instructed our forces to stay on the gate of Kabul, to not enter the town. We’re awaiting a peaceable switch of energy,” added Shaheen, who didn’t rule out that public executions and amputation punishments could possibly be used.
“I can’t say proper now, that’s as much as the judges within the courts and the legal guidelines. The judges shall be appointed in line with the regulation of the longer term authorities,” stated the spokesman, who
additionally confirmed that the nation will return to the intense model of Islamic Sharia regulation.
“In fact, we wish Islamic authorities,” Shaheen stated through the half-hour interview.
He additionally claimed the Taliban will respect the rights of girls and permit them entry to training.
Hakim’s colleagues praised her for sustaining her composure when she obtained the shock name – and likewise for her probing interview, Metro reported.
“Have by no means witnessed something fairly like what occurred in studio this morning, pointing our visitor mic at @BBCYaldaHakim personal cell phone as a Taliban spokesman rang it in the course of her juggling one other reside interview,” TV flooring supervisor @swimmersjackson stated on Twitter.
“Timing is the whole lot, there was no rearranging this,” he added.
Broadcaster Aasmah Mir wrote: “That BBC Taliban interview is simply mind-blowing. All 32 minutes of it. Yalda Hakim is an absolute boss.”