Female Afghan TV anchor makes headlines with interview of Taliban official

The hard-line Taliban continued its model of a allure offensive Tuesday, permitting a TV station’s feminine anchor to interview a spokesman — who proceeded to specific astonishment “that people are afraid” of the ultra-violent insurgents.

Beheshta Arghand, a presenter on the TOLO information channel, quizzed Mawlawi Abdulhaq Hemad within the studio concerning the scenario 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 shocking sight given the Taliban’s suppression of ladies’s rights after they dominated the war-torn nation till the US-led invasion after 9/11.

Most older Afghans nonetheless clearly keep 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 they have been ousted by the US-led invasion.

Female Afghan news anchor Beheshta Arghand interviews Taliban representative live on air
Female Afghan information anchor Beheshta Arghand interviewed Taliban consultant Mawlawi Abdulhaq Hemad reside on air.
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“The entire world now recognizes that the Taliban are the real rulers of the country. I am still astonished that people are afraid of Taliban,” Hemad advised her, in response to a translation.

“We are thankful to Allah that we have accomplished a desired goal for which our people were martyred — it’s a good situation for the reason that in this whole transition and war not more than 50 people were killed,” he stated, Reuters reported.

“That is why it’s very positive situation,” the media staff member added.

Hemad went on within the interview to extoll the virtues of senior chief Mulla Yaqoob, the son of Taliban founder Mullah Omar.

Female Afghan news anchor Beheshta Arghand interviews Taliban representative live on air
During the interview, Hemad extolled the virtues of senior chief Mulla Yaqoob, the son of Taliban founder Mullah Omar.
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“His words carry authority for the Taliban and he said the Taliban shouldn’t cause trouble among the people and that was a sigh of relief for all of Afghan people,” he claimed on the present. “Up till now the Taliban did not cause any trouble, not even to 1 percent in the country, by the Mujahedeen.”

Saad Mohseni, director of the Moby Group, which oversees TOLO information, reacted to the Taliban official’s interview by a girl on Twitter.

“Unthinkable two decades ago when they were last in charge,” Mohseni wrote.

Afghan women gather today to demand the protection of Afghan women's rights in front of the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Afghan ladies collect right now to demand the safety of Afghan ladies’s rights in entrance of the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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Meanwhile, the pinnacle of Ariana News, one other 24-hours information community in Afghanistan, additionally snubbed its nostril on the Taliban by sharing a picture of its personal feminine presenter in motion.

“We are here to inform you latest news. Stay with us,” the station stated, the UK’s I News reported.

During their repressive rule from 1996 to 2001, the Taliban prevented ladies and ladies from going to work or faculty. Women additionally needed to cowl their faces and be accompanied by a male family member in the event that they wished to go away their properties.

Women accused of adultery have been routinely stoned and even executed underneath the infamous rulers.

Homira Rezai, who grew up in Afghanistan till she was 13 and now lives within the UK, advised BBC Women’s Hour that the extremists have been already drawing up a listing of ladies to focus on.

“Just an hour ago, I received an update from Kabul where they are going house to house searching for women who were activists, women who were bloggers, YouTubers, any women who had a role in the development of civil society in Afghanistan,” she stated, in response to I News.

A woman yells for her family to hurry up as displaced Afghans from the northern provinces are evacuated from a makeshift IDP camp in Share-e-Naw park to various mosques and schools.
A girl yells for her household to rush up as displaced Afghans from the northern provinces are evacuated from a makeshift IDP camp in Share-e-Naw park to varied mosques and faculties.
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Despite mounting fears, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid on Tuesday pledged to honor ladies’s rights — however inside the norms of Islamic legislation.

Mujahid additionally stated the Taliban wished non-public media to “remain independent,” albeit inside very restrictive constraints. He confused that journalists “should not work against national values” and promised that the insurgents would safe the warn-torn nation.

He stated 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.

Female Afghan news anchor Beheshta Arghand interviews Taliban representative live on air
The interview was a stark departure from the foundations of the earlier Taliban reign.
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“We assure you that nobody will go to their doors to ask why they helped,” he claimed.

Earlier Tuesday, the Taliban supplied their model of an olive department by declaring an “amnesty” across Afghanistan and urging ladies to affix their authorities.

 The insurgents stated they’d supply an “amnesty” to those that labored with the Afghan authorities or international forces.

With Post wires

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