A group of armed militants was sitting around anchormen during the TV show on Afghanistan television.
The bizarre scene has been widely shared on the Internet. The anchorman sitting at the table in front while not really friendly militants standing with the guns in the back as the “Peace Studio” logo makes this scene totally surreal.
It’s been reported that the anchorman was supposed to interview one of the armed militants later.
Afghanistan TV - surreal
This is what a political debate now looks like on Afghan TV, Taliban foot soldiers watching over the host. The presenter talks about the collapse of the Ghani govt & says the Islamic Emirate says the Afghan people should not to be afraid #Afghanistanpic.twitter.com/oEverVgLOE
The reporter read the Taliban's* recent statements and reportedly said, there is no need for Afghan people to be afraid of.
The BBC journalist Yalda Hakim said on Twitter that this is the way the political debate will look like in new Afghanistan.
Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad added: "Taliban itself is synonymous with fear in the minds of millions. This is just another proof."
Almost all media including TV channels and newspapers was banned in Afghanistan in 1996-2001 when the Taliban was in power except only one - Voice of Sharia which broadcasted religious and propaganda material.
Earlier on Tuesday the US finished troops withdrawal from Kabul. There are less than 200 American officials left there. The Taliban declared its independence and started celebrating the foreign troops' withdrawal.
The Taliban spokesman Qari Yusuf claimed that "the last US soldier has left Kabul airport and our country gained complete independence."
* Taliban is the terror organization banned in the US, Russia and many other countries.