Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen was invited onto the BBC to discuss the group’s future plans in Afghanistan following weeks of conflict and power struggles across the country. In a rare insight into the group, Mr Shaheen attempted to calm the nerves of the international community and those living in Afghanistan, pleading for those trying to evacuate to stay and said they are “servants of the people”. BBC journalist Yalda Hakim interrogated the terror chief asking whether or not women would be safe and demanded a response to the reported violence on the ground with Mr Shaheen claiming there would be “no revenge” on anyone who historically opposed the Taliban.
Speaking on BBC News, Mr Shaheen was grilled over the Taliban’s goals in the first public communication the group has had with the UK since the violence erupted in Afghanistan.
Ms Hakim simply asked what would be the next steps for the Taliban as powers begin to slowly accept the reality they will take control of Afghanistan once again.
Ms Hakin added there were reports of atrocities being committed in Afghanistan provinces that mirrored their rule in the 1990s and wondered what had changed for the group despite Mr Shaheen calling for a “peaceful transfer of power”.
He said: “What I’m saying is the policy, I explained our policy to you, clearly, and this policy will be implemented.”
Mr Shaheen explained fighters who are carrying out atrocities on the ground will be punished when the new courts and laws are put in place.
Ms Hakim asked whether that would include public beatings or executions to which the spokesperson stuttered and said that would be down to whatever the court decides once power is taken.
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Published at Sun, 15 Aug 2021 12:00:00 +0000