‘Yes of course!’ LBC caller says he would move to Afghanistan as Taliban ‘misrepresented’

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Caller Malik rang into LBC and told host Nick Ferrari he would be happy to move to Afghanistan as he believes the Taliban will follow up on their promises of maintaining women’s rights and have changed with the times. Mr Ferrari wondered then why were so many people fleeing the country to which Malik replied people fear the Taliban because of the reports in the media and have not given them enough time to establish full control. Mr Ferrari repeatedly asked whether Malik would be happy living there with the caller shrugging off the concerns and saying he would.

Speaking on LBC, Mr Ferrari asked Malik why so many people were leaving Afghanistan if things were safe and stable there. 

Nearly 2,000 people were evacuated from Kabul in the past 24 hours as pressure mounts on the US to extend their operations in the country. 

But Malik replied: “Yeah, people are scared, they don’t know what their future holds for them. 

“They listen to the world media, they listen to other people, they don’t know the situation as such that nobody knows what is going to happen to them.”

Mr Ferrari then bluntly asked whether Malik would be happy moving his family to Afghanistan to which he replied “I don’t mind!” 

The caller explained he lived in Afghanistan in 2009 but left the country when the situation “deteriorated” and so moved to the UK. 

Mr Ferrari wondered if Malik was concerned if female family members would be abducted or prevented from having an education under Taliban rule. 

He said: “Of course I do, but if you look at the Taliban they say they are willing to form a government with the people.”

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Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen spoke with the BBC and said the Taliban are “the servants of the people” and urged people not to flee the country. 

He promised there would be “no revenge” on those who worked against the Taliban and with western forces. 

Mr Ferrari pointed out whenever the Taliban put out media of their efforts there are never any women involved and wanted to know why Malik thinks that is the case.

Malik said women were scared of the Taliban because of their regime back in the 1990s which is why they are not in pictures with the group. 

When asked one last time if he would live in Afghanistan, Malik simply replied: “Yes, of course!”

Thousands of Afghans and western nationals have descended on Kabul airport desperate to be evacuated from the country. 

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Videos from early in the evacuation showed Afghans holding onto the side of airplanes in an attempt to get out. 

However, more videos showed men falling from the sky as they lost their grip.

Worried parents have also been documented handing over their children to US forces to protect them.

The UK will resettle 20,000 Afghans over the next few years with 5,000 planned to be resettled in 2021.

G7 leaders will meet on Tuesday to discuss how they can work together to fix the problems in Afghanistan.

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