'Radio Caliphate' now airs broadcasts in Dari as well
KABUL (Pajhwok): In addition to Pashto broadcasts, the “Radio Caliphate” of the Islamic State group has started airing programmes in Dari language in eastern Nangarhar province, residents and civil society activists said on Wednesday.
The radio has been broadcasting programmes on FM 90.0 frequency over the past three months for two hours a day.
A Pajhwok reporter from Kabul visited Nangarhar and found some youths listening to the radio in the Ghazi Amanullah Town.
“Every evening we come here and listen to Islamic programmes on the radio,” a 15-year-old, Zalmai, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said the radio broadcasted its programmes in both Pashto and Dari languages, also propagating against the government and the Taliban. He said the radio programmes encouraged the youth to join Daesh.
“The programmes run from 7pm to 9pm. Earlier the radio aired programmes only in Pashto, but a few days ago, it has launched programmes in Dari,” another resident of the area said on the condition of anonymity.
A civil society activist, Abdul Rahman Maawin, said the government had to dismantle the radio, otherwise many youths would join the terrorist group inspired by it campaign.
“The exact location of the radio is not yet known, so we cannot destroy it,” the governor’s spokesman, Ataullah Khogyani, said.
He said the radio might be airing its broadcasts from across the Durand Line or from areas outside Afghan government’s control.
Earlier, government officials claimed they had destroyed the radio station as a result of an operation, but after sometimes, the radio station resumed its broadcasts.
At the time, the radio announcers would say their broadcasts were delayed for a few days due to the shifting of the station from one place to another.
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