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Taliban kidnapped Anas Mallick: A 21-hour lengthy trauma for the WION household

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WION’s correspondent Anas Mallick was kidnapped by the Taliban on Thursday (August 4) when he was reporting in Kabul, Afghanistan. A day later, he returned house safely however to not neglect the bodily and psychological trauma he suffered and can proceed to undergo for a really very long time. 

Anas was lacking for about 21 hours, it got here as a nightmare for the WION household, whose first ideas have been and nonetheless are with Mallick’s household. WION remained involved with the related authorities in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan to safe his secure return to his house in Islamabad. 

When he went lacking, we tried to contact him on his cell phone. We texted him, and referred to as him, however acquired no response. Anas informed us later that his cellphone was taken away by the Taliban. 

We additionally reached out to the lodge the place he was staying. However no luck! From Thursday night time to Friday morning, no person had any clue the place precisely Anas was. 

Seems, Anas was by no means returned to his lodge. Regardless of a number of tries, we acquired no details about his whereabouts, it was the second we knew one thing was fallacious. 

ALSO READ | WION correspondent who went lacking in Afghanistan is secure, remembers his ordeal 

Officers from WION headquarters in India reached out to the Pakistani embassy in New Delhi. We additionally contacted the Taliban’s international workplace. 

Everybody within the newsroom was tense as a result of his disappearance was not in a really pleasant nation. Everyone knows this was Afghanistan, the place the security of widespread folks is a large concern ever because the Taliban returned final yr in August. 

Afghanistan just isn’t precisely pleasant territory for any journalist, not to mention a international reporter. And we have been proper! Anas was kidnapped by the Taliban when was reporting in Kabul. It was terrifying for the WION household and the viewers who have been continually tweeting and asking about Anas. 

Mallick was reporting for particular protection on the anniversary of the Taliban takeover of the war-torn nation when he was forcefully dragged away from his automobile, and brought away to another place – what Anas assumed was the intelligence unit of the Afghan-Taliban. 

The world is aware of that final Sunday america carried out a drone strike on the town and killed Al-Qaeda chief Ayman Al-Zawahiri. Anas truly visited that constructing – the safehouse – the place Zawahiri was stated to be killed. He took the world by WION’s lenses as he drove by the locality and despatched photos. 

However the free press within the Taliban regime seems to be a distant dream. 

ALSO READ | ‘Handcuffed, blindfolded and bodily assaulted’: What occurred to WION’s Anas Mallick in Kabul? 

Anas informed us they have been handcuffed, blindfolded and questioned on journalistic credentials. Private questions have been additionally requested. Whereas talking from Islamabad on Friday night, he informed us that he acquired bruises throughout his physique. 

On Friday morning round 10:10am (native time), Anas was allowed to stroll free however his press credentials weren’t returned. The accreditation and the allow letter have been additionally taken away. 

Anas informed us {that a} native producer and our driver are nonetheless being held by the Taliban and there’s no replace about their launch. 

Till their launch, it is not over. 

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