Taliban spokesperson says how they fooled Afghan and US Forces

Taliban spokesperson says how they fooled Afghan and US Forces

Zabiullah Mujahid Taliban spokesperson addressed a press conference after the Taliban captured Afghanistan, many media personalities expressed disbelief.

They used to think that Zabiullah was a made-up name and not a natural person. The same perception helped Zabiuallah stay right under the nose of the US and the Afghan forces in Kabul for years. His secret recce might have given an edge to the Taliban against the Afghanistan army, and the Taliban leader has proudly admitted in an exclusive interview with The Express Tribune.

Mujahid told.

"I lived in Kabul for a long period, right under everyone's nose. I roamed the breadth and width of the country. I also managed to have first-hand access to the frontlines, where the Taliban carried out their actions, and up to date information. It was quite puzzling for our adversaries,"

Mujahid said he escaped so many times from the US and Afghan national forces that they started believing that Zabuillah Mujahid is just a ghost, a made-up character, and not a natural person.

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The 43-year-old Taliban leader said he never left Afghanistan. He had traveled to many places to attend seminaries, even to Pakistan, but never thought of leaving the country forever, despite being under the constant man-hunt of the US and the Afghan forces.

The Spokesperson added that the US forces used to pay local people a good amount of money to know about his whereabouts, but he somehow managed to escape their radar.

Recounting his childhood, the Spokesperson told The Express Tribune that he was initially enrolled at a regular school but was soon shifted to a madrassa and was on the path of religious education. He also stayed at Haqqani seminary in Nowshera, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. He joined the Taliban at the age of 16 years and never saw founder Mullah Umar.

About the popular perception about his' non-existence, he confirmed that Zabiullah is his actual name.

He said.

"Mujahid, however, is something my seniors in the Tehreek started calling me,"

After the Taliban captured Kabul, the group attempted to project a moderate image, and a press meet was called, which was addressed by Zabiuallah. Over time, the group also claimed that the Taliban leaders would not remain in the shadows as they did during the previous regime. Consequently, several leaders came before the press, answered questions, and now that the interim cabinet has been forming, the Taliban are looking for international recognition.

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