‘I was just lied to.’ Susanna’s Taliban talk, according to Tugendhat, is a “masking terrible death cult.”
Susanna Reid, a GMB broadcaster, was chastised for interviewing Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen, with Tory MP Tom Tugendhat stating that the West cannot trust the group.
The interview, according to the Conservative MP, was part of Taliban propaganda aimed at gaining backing from Western countries as the group aspires to build a new government in Afghanistan. Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard, co-host of Good Morning Britain, have come under fire for having Taliban spokesman Dr. Suhail Shaheen on their show. When asked about Dr. Shaheen’s remarks, Mr Tugendhat simply stated, “I’m afraid your viewers and you have just been lied to.”
The Conservative MP, who served in Afghanistan, argued that the Taliban’s attempts to look more reasonable were nothing more than a “death cult masquerade.”
“It’s clearly apparent that groups that make up the Taliban – call them whatever you want, but they’re the fundamental core aspects of the Taliban’s military and governance capability – have been rounding up people in Kandahar and tracking them down and killing them in Kabul,” Mr Tugendhat said.
“I received word yesterday that biometric data that was left behind is now being used to round up or track down persons who used to work for the National Directory of Security, our spy agency in Afghanistan.
“I’m aware of someone who vanished after being stopped at a checkpoint.”
“I’m afraid we’ve just heard a succession of blatantly false reports,” he added.
“It is simply not true that universities are closing. Women are denied access to school in Herat, and girls are denied access to education.”
Dr. Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban’s spokesman, has been challenged with reports of retaliatory violence against Afghans who have assisted Western forces since 2001.
Dr. Shaheen scoffed at the allegations, claiming that any acts of violence were the consequence of outsiders trying to “smear” the Taliban.
“There will be no retaliation, it is our policy,” a Taliban spokesman stated.
“All individuals who worked with foreign forces have been granted general amnesty.
“There is also no hit list that is distributed or made public.”
Since taking control in Afghanistan in 1996, the Taliban have claimed to have taken a more moderate stance.
However, since the insurgents reclaimed Kabul on August 15, there have been multiple instances of violence.
Ghulam M. Isaczai, Afghanistan’s former UN Ambassador, claimed locals in Kabul had previously reported attempts. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”