As the final hours tick away on the deadline for American evacuations from Afghanistan, a video from the Afghan TV network Peace Studio has gone viral, depicting the host of a debate program reading a statement from the Taliban while surrounded by armed fighters.
In the video, the host of “Pardaz” said that the Islamic Emirate — the name by which the Taliban refers to itself by — wants the public to “cooperate with it and should not be afraid.” BBC reporter Kian Sharifi says that the host then interviewed one of the Taliban fighters in the studio, though he was unable to translate the interview.
The programme is called Pardaz. In this longer video, the presenter interviews a Taliban fighter who presumably outranks the rest of the lot in the studio. The presenter switches from Dari to Pashto, which unfortunately I don’t speak.pic.twitter.com/qPWexsQd2T
— Kian Sharifi (@KianSharifi) August 29, 2021
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