On Air BBC Journalist got Call from Taliban Spokesperson, Read What He Said

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BBC Journalist Yahya Hakim

A Spokesperson for the Talibans Suhail Shaheen dialed up BBC journalist Yalda Hakim while she was on air after the armed groups took over Afghanistan.

Yahya kept her equilibrium when Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen called her. She quickly get prepared with the questions and put the call on loudspeaker.

“OK, we have got the Taliban’s spokesperson Shail Shaheen on the line. Mr. Shaheen, can you hear me?” the BBC journalist said.

Taliban Spokesperson Suhail Shaheen

After getting confirmation from the spokesperson of better connectivity, Yahya Hakim asked him to speak.

In the interview Taliban spokesperson promised ‘peace’ in war-torn country.

“There should not be any confusion, we are sure the people of Afghanistan in the city of Kabul, that their properties and their lives are safe. There will be no revenge on anyone. We are the servants of the people and of this country,” Shaheen said.

“Our leadership has instructed our forces to remain at the gate of Kabul, not to enter the city. We are awaiting a peaceful transfer of power,” he added.

Though he did not fully clarify that public executions and amputations would be used as punishment.

He said, “I can’t say right now, that’s up to the judges in the courts and the laws. The judges will be appointed according to the law of the future government.”

Shaheen confirmed that Taliban government will run according the Islamic shariah.

Shaheen added that Taliban government will respect the rights of women and will allow them a proper access to education.

Meanwhile, colleagues of Yahya Hakim praised her for maintaining calm and investigative interview.


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