Don’t be afraid, says Afghan TV anchor surrounded by Taliban gunmen
New Delhi : A video of an Afghanistan news anchor, surrounded by armed Taliban fighters, asking his audience to not be scared has gone viral on the social media. The development comes as Taliban is trying to reform its image in the nation from a brutal assassinator to the ones who work for people.
The video shows an anchor trying to assuage the fears of a terrified and chaotic country that will now have to resign itself to the new leadership. The thing that has made video gone viral on the social media is the fact that the anchor himself looks petrified as he sits surrounded by a group of Taliban gunmen.
“With armed Taliban fighters standing behind him, the presenter of Afghan TV's Peace Studio political debate programme says the Islamic Emirate (Taliban's preferred name) wants the public to "cooperate with it and should not be afraid,” BBC’s Kian Sharifi, who shared the 42-second clip, tweeted.
The video appears to be a perfect example of fear many nations have towards Afghanistan residents as the power will officially come in the hands of Taliban after August 31, when the US forces withdraw from the nation.
Last week, Deutsche Welle said the Taliban killed a relative of one of its journalists while hunting him down. The German publication said the Taliban also reportedly raided the homes of three journalists.
A reporter from Tolo News and a cameraman were assaulted by Taliban fighters while they were reporting in Kabul.
Meanwhile, Pentagon has announced that they have officially concluded the evacuation drive in Afghanistan.