Afghan-born BBC anchor Yalda Hakim was taken by surprise when a Taliban spokesman called her live on-air from Afghanistan after the terrorists toppled the government and declared victory in Kabul.
Hakim started firing questions at Suhail Shaheen immediately after he called her cellphone while she was conducting an interview, according to The Sun. Exactly how he got her cellphone number remains to be answered.
“OK, we have got the Taliban’s spokesperson Suhail Shaheen on the line. Mr. Shaheen, can you hear me?” the Australian journalist asked him at the beginning of the 32-minute interview.
“There is a lot of chaos and confusion in Kabul at the moment,” Hakim began. “Can you just help us understand what the Taliban plan to do at present, and next?”
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“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,” he proclaimed.
“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,” Shaheen claimed.
He was asked about public executions and the amputation of hands and feet, “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,” he asserted, also confirming that the country will return once again to Islamic Sharia law.
He claimed that once Islamic law is reimposed that the Taliban will respect the rights of women and allow them to be educated.
“People will be able to resume their normal [lives]… there is no revenge on all those who are working with the Kabul administration or with the foreign forces,” he continued. “We want all embassies to continue their work, there will be no risk to diplomats or to anyone. All should continue as if they were continuing in the past.”
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Hakim was praised for her composure during the interview according to Metro.
“Have never witnessed anything quite like what happened in studio this morning, pointing our guest mic at @BBCYaldaHakim own mobile phone as a Taliban spokesman rang it in the middle of her juggling another live interview,” TV floor manager @swimmersjackson tweeted. “Timing is everything, there was no rearranging this.”
Have never witnessed anything quite like what happened in studio this morning, pointing our guest mic at @BBCYaldaHakim own mobile phone as a Taliban spokesman rang it in the middle of her juggling another live interview. Timing is everything, there was no rearranging this. 👏 https://t.co/CemJv8Ec8N
— Swimmers Jackson (@SwimmersJackson) August 15, 2021
Broadcaster Aasmah Mir also remarked: “That BBC Taliban interview is just mind-blowing. All 32 minutes of it. Yalda Hakim is an absolute boss.”
That BBC Taliban interview is just mind-blowing. All 32 minutes of it. Yalda Hakim is an absolute boss. But can’t imagine anyone is reassured even 1 %
— Aasmah Mir (@AasmahMir) August 15, 2021
While the media is slapping Hakim on the back for her “brave” intrepid interview, things are spiraling further out of control in Afghanistan.
The Taliban has, in effect, taken control of the country in less than a week twenty years after being removed from power by US-led forces. Despite their claims, it is being reported that they have slaughtered their opposition and have taken all females over 15-years-old as child brides and sex slaves according to Deadline.
Sahraa Karimi, the Afghan filmmaker and general director of the national film company Afghan Film, is begging for support from cinema communities around the world as Afghanistan falls to the Taliban insurgency.
“I write to you with a broken heart and a deep hope that you can join me in protecting my beautiful people, especially filmmakers, from the Taliban…They have massacred our people, they kidnapped many children, they sold girls as child brides to their men,” she tweeted.
“It’s a humanitarian crisis, and yet the world is silent…They will ban all art. I and other filmmakers could be next on their hitlist,” Karimi gravely warned.
To All the #Film_Communities in The World and Who Loves Film and Cinema!
I write to you with a broken heart and a deep hope that you can join me in protecting my beautiful people, especially filmmakers from the Taliban. #Share it please, don't be #silent. pic.twitter.com/4FjW6deKUi
— Sahraa Karimi/ صحرا كريمي (@sahraakarimi) August 13, 2021
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