An Afghan-born BBC anchor received a startling call from a Taliban spokesman while she was reporting live on air after the extremist group toppled the government.
Yalda Hakim kept her poise when Suhail Shaheen dialed her mobile phone while she was conducting an interview, according to the Sun.
She quickly switched gears, transferred Shaheen to a loudspeaker and peppered the rep with questions as the Taliban declared victory in Kabul 20 years after being removed from power by US-led forces.
“OK, we have got the Taliban’s spokesperson Shail Shaheen on the line. Mr. Shaheen, can you hear me?” the Australian journalist said.
After confirming that he could hear her, Shaheen launched into a speech in which he promised “peace” in the war-ravaged country.
“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 said.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Yaron Steinbuch