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‘Nonetheless going by way of trauma, have bruises throughout my physique’: WION’s Anas Mallick tells his distressing story

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WION’s correspondent Anas Mallick was kidnapped by the Taliban, he confronted bodily assault and psychological trauma. A day later, he was launched however his staff, an area producer and automobile driver, remains to be being held with the Taliban fighters. 

On Friday (August 5) night, Anas was safely returned to his dwelling in Islamabad, Pakistan. Later he opened up about his distressing expertise of being held for 21 hours. 

He mentioned, “The expertise is but to sink in to be very sincere as a result of I’m nonetheless going by way of that psychological trauma or the ordeal. As a result of it is nonetheless not over.” 

Recalling the precise second he was forcibly taken away, he mentioned, “A second again I used to be on the cellphone, I bought a location to be at one other place, to be with a colleague to have lunch…simply in seconds, in a snap, the whole lot modified. You’re intercepted, the driving force is out of the automobile, and your telephones are taken away.” 

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“It felt like a nasty, dangerous dream to be very sincere,” Anas mentioned as he instructed the world, what he went by way of in these 21 hours. Anas was allowed to stroll free however the native producer and our driver are nonetheless being held by the Taliban.

He mentioned that he’s nonetheless but to completely recover from the truth that this truly occurred, the assault was this excessive. “I nonetheless have bruises on the again of my ear, on my again, on my hip, actually everywhere in the physique,” he mentioned. 

Anas is WION’s reporter primarily based out in Pakistan’s capital. Anas has been reporting on Afghanistan developments for practically 5 years for WION. he has executed some unique, on-the-ground protection when the Taliban took over Kabul final yr. 

He had arrived in Kabul on Wednesday night and the following morning, approached Afghanistan’s ministry of international affairs to get the due permission. He additionally had accomplished the mandatory formalities. 

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Expressing his anger, Anas mentioned that it is one thing you’ll by no means count on for an accredited journalist, for a global journalist for any individual who has been recognized to the Taliban as nicely. 

He mentioned, “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.” 

Previously week, Anas additionally did intensive reporting on the USA’ claims that Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in a drone strike in Kabul. 

However what did precisely anger the Taliban? Why our correspondent was detained and overwhelmed up? 

Shedding some gentle on that, Anas mentioned that “that is extra to do with the safety concern for the Taliban of being proven or slightly proven the aspect that they don’t wish to be projected.” 

“Whenever you go for accreditation, you might be given an extended lecture on don’ts and media ethics. In truth, I used to be given one such lecture yesterday as nicely throughout my interrogation I might say what are the ethics of media,” he mentioned. 

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After touching down in Islamabad on Friday, Anas revealed that he and his staff have been handcuffed, blindfolded and bodily assaulted after being picked up by the Taliban. 

Whereas talking about his ordeal, he mentioned, “I do not know the rationale I used to be picked up, if was to do with any footage then that matter was truly cleared inside seconds. However, this should to do with concern that they suppose that they are going to be uncovered if there’s really a free press if there’s really free reportage.” 

Anas reminded the world that as journalists, we now have the accountability, to inform the reality. We’ve got all the time advocated at WION that we now have to inform the story. He mentioned, “In my seven years, this, sadly, that is the primary time that it’s me who’s the story, and that’s one thing that’s really tragic a minimum of on a private be aware.” 

Anas recounted when he was leaving Kabul. he mentioned he was “very emotional”. “There was an Afghan household proper subsequent to me they usually mentioned we noticed you on TV and we have been studying about your stories that you just have been lacking. I could not maintain again my tears at that time limit,” mentioned Anas. 


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