Just been lied to Tugendhat slams Susannas Taliban chat Masking vicious death cult
GMB: Tugendhat says ‘you’ve been lied to’ after Taliban interview
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The Conservative MP dismissed the interview as part of Taliban propaganda attempts to win over the support of Western powers as the organisation seeks to form a new government in Afghanistan. Susanna Reid and Good Morning Britain co-host Ben Shephard received furious backlash for hosting Taliban spokesman Dr Suhail Shaheen on their programme. Asked about his views on Dr Shaheen’s comments, Mr Tugendhat simply said: “I’m afraid your viewers and you have just been lied to.
The Conservative MP, who served in Afghanistan, insisted the Taliban’s attempts to appear more moderate were simply “masking a death cult”.
Mr Tugendhat said: “It’s absolutely clear that groups who make up the Taliban – describe them as you wish, but they’re the fundamental core elements of the Taliban’s combat and government capability – have been rounding up people in Kandahar and hunting them down in Kabul, and killing them.
“I’ve had a report yesterday that, sadly, biometric information that was left behind is now being used to round up or to hunt out people who used to work for the National Directory of Security, our intelligence in Afghanistan.
“Somebody I’m aware of has disappeared after being stopped at a checkpoint.”
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He added: “I’m afraid we’ve just heard a series of frankly dishonest reports.
“It is simply not true, universities are being closed. In Herat, women are being denied access to education, girls are being denied access to education.”
Taliban spokesman Dr Suhail Shaheen was confronted with reports of retaliatory violence against Afghans who helped Western forces since 2001.
Dr Shaheen dismissed the claims, insisting any act of violence was the result of people seeking to “malign” the Taliban.
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The Taliban spokesman said: “There is no retaliation, that is our policy.
“We have granted a general amnesty to all those who were working with foreign forces.
“And there is no hit list that is circulated or appears in the media.”
The Taliban have claimed to have adopted a more moderate position since they first took power in Afghanistan in 1996.
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However, several reports of violence have emerged since the militants reclaimed Kabul on August 15.
Afghanistan’s former United Nations Ambassador Ghulam M. Isaczai said residents in Kabul were already reporting attempts from the Taliban to register and find people on an alleged “target list.”
Mr Isaczai said: “Kabul residents are reporting that Taliban have already started house to house searches in some neighborhoods in Kabul, registering names and looking for people in their target list.
“There are already reports of target killings and looting in the city”.
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