KABUL/ISLAMABAD: TOLO News reporter Ziar Yaad Khan was beaten up by Taliban fighters as he was reporting in Kabul New City.
Speaking to The Pakistan Daily shortly after the attack, Ziar said: “I went to Kabul New City today to report on the lives of the workers. My cameramen took videos and we also did interviews in the area. Meanwhile, a group of Taliban got out of an armored Land Cruiser and attacked me.”
“He took the camera from my cameraman and took my personal mobile phone from me,” the journalist told The Pakistan Daily in an exclusive interview.
Ziar added that the militants didn’t ask him any questions but just beat him up.
“Then I took the Tolo News card out of my pocket as a reporter, (they) hit it again and got into the car quickly,” Ziar said.
When asked about any possible motives or prior threats, Ziar told this correspondent that the reason is still unknown. “I don’t know why they did it.”
Ziar Yaad Khan further confirmed that Taliban Media Leaders were aware of this issue and were looking for the people who assaulted him.
The official spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Zabihullah Mujahid has been requested to take notice of this incident.
Earlier, the German news network Deutsche Welle reported that the Taliban had killed a relative of one of it’s journalists.
On August 17, Zabehullah Mujahid had told the Paris based Reporters without Borders that “no threat or reprisal will be carried out against journalists” under the Taliban.
Commenting on the development, senior Afghan journalist, Bilal Sarwary tweeted: “#AFG Deeply disturbed by Taliban soldiers beating up @TOLOnews@ziaryaad in the heart of Kabul city as he was filming a report, his camera, equipments and phone seized by the Taliban soldiers. #PRESSFREEDOM.”
Hamza Azhar Salam is an investigative reporter, a digital marketing strategist and the founder of Democrats Voice.