In an exclusive interview with Dialogue Pakistan, Pakistani journalist Faizullah Khan talks about the Afghan Taliban and what made them reclaim their regime after 20 years of fighting and isolation.
As a journalists, Faizullah went to Afghanistan for interviewing Pakistani Taliban but he was later arrested by the security agencies after which he spent six months in a jail where he interacted with Afghan Taliban.
He shared his experiences of the jail where he discovered one of the most important facts about the socio-political realities of Afghanistan and what was the Taliban’s understanding of it.
“At first, what I understood about them was their commitment level which was extra-ordinary,” Faizullah explained.
He further said that during the investigation, the Taliban prisoners accepted whatever they did for fighting against the Nato forces. “They told them about everything amusingly,” he added.
According to the journalist, the Taliban thought they were fighting for the independence of their country and they had no regrets.
“When you spent eight years in jail, you have already suffered a kind of mental torture, enough to become a mad person but what I came to know was that their (Taliban’s) will power was much stronger and exceptional.”
“Most of them woke up at 2 am (few hours before dawn) and spend their time while performing night prayers–Tahajjud–before Fajr (dawn prayer). After Fajr, they organised a preaching session (dars) and then started their routine at 10 am,” Faizullah recalled.
He further told that despite of the fact that the jail authority belonged to Afghan government of that time, Taliban had a strong hold inside the jail.
“You would be astonished to hear that people came to the prisoners from outside the jail, finding resolution of their problems” he continued. “A tribunal run by Taliban from inside the jail” as what described by the journalist.
According to Faizullah, what we are witnessing today about how did the Taliban suddenly capture the whole country, is what he has already experienced during his imprisonment.
He emphasised on the “failure of system” under the Afghan government and forces which, he concluded, facilitated the Taliban in taking the control back.
Watch Dialogue Pakistan’s full conversation with Faizullah Khan.