Behesta Arghand news for tolo news her big break came when Arghand interviewed a senior Taliban member on August 17, days after the insurgent group seized power. She asked the leader questions about door-to-door searches in capital Kabul and the group’s plans for the future. An Afghan female journalist, who made headlines by interviewing a member of the Taliban, has left the country
The interview was historic, considering she was the first female journalist to interview a Taliban leader on Afghan news network.
The images from the interview quickly gained traction on social media and 24 year old Arghand became a star. Such an interview was impossible more than two decades ago when the Taliban was in power in Afghanistan.
Arghand told CNN that she worked at Tolo News for “one month and 20 days, then the Taliban came”. Arghand had to flee her home country because of the “fear of Taliban”.
Arghand hopes to return to her home country if the Taliban do what they have promised and the situation becomes better.
Saad Mohseni, the chief executive of Moby Group, which owns Tolo News, said hailed the interview vowing not to stop its important work. But now, he is facing the problem of mass exodus of journalists.
He told CNN, “Almost all our well known reporters and journalists have left. We have been working like crazy to replace them with new people”. .
The mission in a few weeks by ousting the civilian government led by President Ashraf Ghani., The Taliban launched the offensive to capture Afghanistan int he wake of the withdrawal of US forces from the country, and accomplished.
Arghand, meanwhile, added another feather to her cap by interviewing Malala Yousafzai, the activist who survived a Taliban assassination attempt. Tolo News said this was the first time Yousafzai had ever been interviewed on Afghan television.
Massive evacuation missions have been launched by countries across the world to take their citizen’s out of the war-torn country. Countless Afghans too have crowded Kabul airport to find a flight out, and scores have died in desperation.