BBC World News TV anchor Yalda Hakim receives call from Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen while live on-air | 7NEWS

BBC World News TV anchor Yalda Hakim receives call from Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen while live on-air | 7NEWS

A BBC World News anchor has received a call from a Taliban spokesperson while reporting live on air, just hours before the group stormed the Afghan capital of Kabul.

Yalda Hakim, who was born in Afghanistan and emigrated to Australia in the 1980s, was conducting a live interview when she received a call from Suhail Shaheen.

Watch a section of the interview in the video above

“Okay, we have got the Taliban’s spokesman Suhail Shaheen on the line. Mr Shaheen, can you hear me?” she asked, before putting him on speakerphone and pressing him for details about the Taliban’s intentions and plans for the 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,” he said.

“There will be no revenge on anyone. We are the servants of the people and of this country.

“Our leadership have instructed our forces to remain at the gate of Kabul, not to enter the city.

“We are awaiting a peaceful transfer of power.”

It took the Taliban little more than a week to seize control of the whole country after a lightning sweep that ended in Kabul as government forces, trained for years and equipped by the United States and others, melted away.

‘The future government’

In the wide-ranging 30-minute interview, Shaheen also confirmed the country would return to Sharia law, adding: “Of course, we want an Islamic government.”

Hakim raised the concerns of citizens who feared a return to the regime of the 1990s which saw public executions and girls being banned from school but Shaheen claimed the Taliban would allow women access to education and work.

“Women can have access to work, what they can (do), that is for the future government,” he added.

He didn’t rule out the possibility of reintroducing stonings and public hangings.

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Hakim attracted widespread praise for maintaining her composure, with broadcaster Aasmah Mir saying the interview was “just mind-blowing”.

“All 32 minutes of it. Yalda Hakim is an absolute boss.”

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