Nearly 24 hours after WION correspondent Anas Mallick was launched by the Taliban in Afghanistan, the remainder of his crew, employed regionally and kidnapped together with him, have been launched by the militant organisation on Saturday. They have been saved in detention for almost two days and bear wounds and bruises that present each have been assaulted.
The crew members—Zakariya, who’s the native producer and Mayel Kharoti, the motive force—have been launched by the Taliban after a 42-hour ordeal.
The images which have come to the fore illustrate the cruelty which they have been subjected to, a transparent signal that Taliban 2.0 isn’t any completely different from the earlier regime of the militant group.
The group was detained on Thursday whereas taking generic visuals of Kabul. Their task was to cowl the Taliban takeover anniversary however it additionally got here across the time of the killing of Ayman al Zawahiri, the al Qaeda terror group chief, in a US missile strike. Anas has additionally reported from close to the home the place he was killed.
The crew have been instructed by the Taliban authorities to be current when summoned in future.
These two Afghans have been employed to assist Anas with the protection.
Since their abduction, WION had made all-out efforts searching for their launch, which ultimately succeeded.
However it seems that the Taliban are threatened by our floor reporting in Kabul as WION’s reporter was kidnapped whereas he was reporting, with all the required permissions.
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On Friday, solely Anas was allowed to stroll free, whereas the native producer and the motive force have been saved in captivity by the Taliban. They’d stated that they are going to be releasing them quickly.
Here is what precisely occurred to him:
“We have been duly accredited, we had all of the press credentials and have been filming common visuals once we have been intercepted, taken out of the automobile… dragged off the automobile to be very exact. Our telephones have been taken away.
After which we have been bodily assaulted. My crew was assaulted and I used to be assaulted as nicely.
After some whereas, we have been shifted from the place the place have been intercepted to what we all know is the intelligence unit of the Afghan-Taliban. We have been handcuffed, blindfolded, and confronted the wildest accusations and after that have been questioned completely on our journalistic credentials as nicely. Private questions have been additionally hurled at us.”
Anas is WION’s reporter based mostly out in Pakistan’s capital. Anas has been reporting on Afghanistan developments for almost 5 years for WION. He has finished some unique, on-the-ground protection when the Taliban took over Kabul final yr.
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Expressing his anger, Anas stated that it is one thing you’ll by no means anticipate for an accredited journalist, for a global journalist for any person who has been identified to the Taliban as nicely.
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He stated, “We have been the one Indian community in Kabul on the time of the autumn of Kabul. And we have been there three months post-takeover. I used to be actually in any respect the press conferences, in any respect the press briefings and regardless of all of this, it occurred so it was a really dangerous dream.”
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