The hardline Taliban continued their model of a appeal offensive Tuesday, permitting a TV station’s feminine anchor to interview a spokesman — who proceeded to specific astonishment “that persons are afraid” of the ultra-violent insurgents.
Beheshta Arghand, a presenter on the TOLO information channel, quizzed Mawlawi Abdulhaq Hemad within the studio in regards to the state of affairs within the capital of Kabul and house-to-house searches two days after marauding Taliban extremists toppled the federal government.
The interview on the county’s first 24-hour information community was a surprising sight given the Taliban’s suppression of girls’s rights once they dominated the war-torn nation till the US-led invasion after 9/11.
Most older Afghans nonetheless clearly bear in mind the Taliban’s pre-9/11 Islamist rule, which included extreme restrictions on ladies in addition to amputations and public executions earlier than the group was ousted by the US-led invasion.
“All the world now acknowledges that the Taliban are the actual rulers of the nation. I’m nonetheless astonished that persons are afraid of Taliban,” Hemad instructed her, based on a translation.
“We’re grateful to Allah that we’ve completed a desired objective for which our folks had been martyred — it’s an excellent state of affairs given that on this entire transition and battle, no more than 50 folks had been killed,” he mentioned, Reuters reported.
“That’s the reason it’s very optimistic state of affairs,” the media group member added.
Hemad went on within the interview to extoll the virtues of senior chief Mulla Yaqoob, the son of Taliban founder Mullah Omar.
“His phrases carry authority for the Taliban and he mentioned the Taliban shouldn’t trigger bother among the many folks and that was a sigh of reduction for all of Afghan folks,” he claimed on the present. “Up ’til now the Taliban didn’t trigger any bother, not even to 1 p.c within the nation, by the Mujahedeen.”
Saad Mohseni, director of the Moby Group, which oversees TOLO information, reacted to the Taliban official’s interview by a lady on Twitter.
“Unthinkable twenty years in the past once they had been final in cost,” Mohseni wrote.
In the meantime, the pinnacle of Ariana Information, one other 24-hours information community in Afghanistan, additionally thumbed its nostril on the Taliban by sharing a picture of its personal feminine presenter in motion.
“We’re right here to tell you newest information. Stick with us,” the station mentioned, the UK’s I Information reported.
Throughout their repressive rule from 1996 to 2001, the Taliban prevented ladies and women from going to work or college. Ladies additionally needed to cowl their faces and be accompanied by a male family member in the event that they wished to go away their houses.
Ladies accused of adultery had been routinely stoned and even executed below the infamous rulers.
Homira Rezai, who grew up in Afghanistan till she was 13 and now lives within the UK, instructed BBC “Girl’s Hour” that the extremists had been already drawing up a listing of girls to focus on.
“Simply an hour in the past, I obtained an replace from Kabul the place they’re going home to accommodate looking for ladies who had been activists, ladies who had been bloggers, YouTubers, any ladies who had a job within the growth of civil society in Afghanistan,” she mentioned, based on I Information.
Regardless of mounting fears, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid on Tuesday pledged to honor ladies’s rights — however inside the norms of Islamic regulation.
Mujahid additionally mentioned the Taliban wished personal media to “stay impartial,” albeit inside very restrictive constraints. He harassed that journalists “mustn’t work in opposition to nationwide values” and promised that the insurgents would safe the war-torn nation.
He mentioned the group seeks no revenge and insisted that everybody had been pardoned by the Taliban, even when they labored with the previous authorities or with international governments or forces.
“We guarantee you that no one will go to their doorways to ask why they helped,” he claimed.
Earlier Tuesday, the Taliban supplied their model of an olive department by declaring an “amnesty” throughout Afghanistan and urging ladies to hitch their authorities.
The insurgents mentioned they’d supply an “amnesty” to those that labored with the Afghan authorities or international forces.
With Submit wires