GB News in chaos as interview with female Afghan MP cut short ‘I’m afraid for my life’

Female Afghan MP fears for the lives of her and her family

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GB News presenters Simon McCoy and Kirsty Gallacher spoke to a female member of the Afghan Parliament Farzana Kochai on Monday’s show about the implications of the Taliban seizing control of Afghanistan. However, as Kochai revealed she was “afraid” about what could happen to her, the interview was cut off.  

McCoy began: “Let’s talk about you personally, we’ve spoken about the fear women may have, you’re also an MP, are you worried for your own safety?”

“Yes of course I am,” she replied. “It’s impossible to not be afraid and to not have concerns.

“What worries you the most?” McCoy asked and Kochai replied: “My life, my family’s life, the way that anyone can treat us.

“I’m afraid of everything that can happen, taking my life, my family, my friends, everyone here.”

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“I can imagine,” Gallacher remarked. “I just want to get your take on the government which has collapsed. 

“President Ashraf Ghani has fled saying that he wanted to avoid bloodshed, what did you make of that?”

“I don’t blame,” Kochai began but her connection was abruptly cut off.

“That’s a shame, Farzana Kochai who is a member of the Afghan Parliament,” Gallacher said.

“We were talking about Ashraf Ghani fleeing to avoid bloodshed but obviously talking about the implications of the Taliban in power for women and girls.”

“Farzana are you there? Are you back with us?” Gallacher asked. 

“Yes,” she replied. “The bloodshed was really true, you saw Hillmand (also known as Helmand), what happened there, the whole city was bombed.

“People don’t deserve that we lost so many lives there and Kabul was worse.”

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“More people live here it’s a million people city and that couldn’t happen so I’m happy that didn’t happen,” Kochai explained. 

“But we are facing things that are worse than that, a situation where everyone with guns can do anything to the people.

“No one is in charge, no one is responsible for that so these are things to talk about.

“I don’t know what happened with President Ashraf Ghani it’s too early to talk about that situation but I can see how civilians are being treated, their lives are not a priority.”

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“You expressed some anger at the west, if President Biden, Prime Minister Johnson were listening, what is your message to them?” McCoy asked. 

The connection with Kochai was lost for a second time as Gallacher explained: “Farzana is in Kabul so it is difficult to establish the line. I’m sorry we’ve lost her, we will try to get her back.”

Kochai returned to GB News again and explained: “About my anger against the west, it’s not actually an anger, we have a right to speak, we have a right to speak for our people.”

The interview was cut short for a final time as McCoy apologised to viewers.

“I’m sorry we’ve obviously got technical problems,” he noted. 

The Great British Breakfast airs on GB News on weekdays at 6am. 

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