Afghan interpreter fled Taliban to tell his cousin he is being tortured

  • Bakhtiar and his family fled to Britain four months ago
  • They learned that the 29-year old cousin had been tortured and arrested through a video conference.
  • Bakhtiar (46), admitted that seeing Bakhtiar’s battered, bruised face was heartbreaking. 

An Afghan interpreter for The Mail on Sunday who escaped during the fall of Kabul has revealed that the Taliban is torturing a cousin he left behind.

Bakhtiar Shoresh and his four children aged between 2 and 14 years, were evacuated from their home in Iran to join Bakhtiar and her family.

As they were preparing for Christmas they received a call via video from their home and discovered that the cousin had been tortured.

Bakhtiar (46), says that it was heartbreaking to witness him. Bakhtiar, 46, said that he could clearly see the bruises and injuries on his face and suspected that the Taliban had arrested him because of their connection with me.

Bakhtiar Shoresh, his wife and their four children, aged between two and 14, were evacuated to Britain more than four months ago

Bakhtiar Shoresh and his four children aged between 2 and 14 years, along with their wife, were evacuated from Bakhtiar Shoresh to Britain four months ago

Bakhtiar worked as an interlocutor for The Mail On Sunday and several other Western media outlets over 20 years. Bakhtiar also served as the Kabul representative for a UAE-based company that manufactured armoured vehicles.

The family made it to Kabul after an exhausting taxi ride. After talking through four checkpoints, the Taliban gunmen had taken control of Kabul. While they wait to hear about their fate, they have been staying at a Liverpool airport hotel together with many other evacuees.

Bakhtiar stated that although the wait was longer than anticipated, they are now safe. “We’re still in uncertainty, but my oldest children are currently in school.

“All the children are very excited about Christmas and enjoy seeing all of the decorations. Liverpool’s people are friendly and welcoming.