A volunteer serving to Afghan refugees to settle in Glasgow is going through requires his deportation after pledging his assist for the Taliban.
Waheed Totakhyl, who says his brother is a army commander for the Taliban in east Kabul, has informed Sky Information that because it captured Afghanistan, the country is “safer than Europe”.
In 2010, he publicly referred to as for the loss of life of American troopers in Afghanistan throughout a protest on the US consulate in Edinburgh.
Newly-arrived refugees in Glasgow have referred to as his assist for the Taliban “unacceptable”.
One interpreter, who labored for the British Military in Afghanistan and whose household are in hiding within the nation, referred to as for the federal government to deport Mr Totakhyl.
In February 2020, Mr Totakhyl grew to become chairman of the Scottish Afghan Society, which is registered with the Scottish charity regulator, the OSCR.
He’s a outstanding determine in Scotland’s Afghan neighborhood and recurrently seems at political fundraisers and celebration occasions, some attended by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
In latest weeks, Mr Totakhyl has been accumulating donations for Afghan refugees. Garments and donated items are piled excessive on the charity’s registered deal with in Glasgow.
When he spoke to Sky Information, he careworn that he was talking on his personal behalf and never for the society.
He mentioned: “Afghans died – 170,000 within the 20 years that America, NATO and Britain occupied Afghanistan.
“They had been killed within the bombing of Afghan folks.
“The Taliban began defending Afghanistan and what they’re exhibiting now’s they had been proper.”
His pro-Taliban stance, and household connection, has precipitated unease amongst refugees invited to gather donated items.
One, ‘Abdul’, spoke on situation of anonymity, telling Sky Information: “I am not pleased with this and I am very upset.
“There must be motion taken, the federal government ought to examine.
“If it is proper that his brother is a commander of Taliban or helps Taliban, he must be deported.
“He is serving to assist the refugees and he’s serving to assist Taliban. He must take one aspect, not two.”
‘Abdul’ labored for a number of years as an interpreter for the British Military and fled the Taliban advance along with his spouse however needed to go away a number of members of his household behind, in hiding.
He mentioned his job serving to UK forces made him – and them – a goal.
“They killed my brother and my cousin. If I (was) there, they may kill me too, only for working for British forces.
“My household again in Afghanistan, they’re hiding in caves, they’re unfold, they transfer to completely different areas as a result of in the event that they discover them they may kill them too.
“They’re dwelling in a really determined and hopeless scenario.”
We requested Mr Totakhyl if he was the best or incorrect man to assist refugees, given his assist for the Taliban.
He replied: “We’re all brothers.
“The battle in Afghanistan is completed, we’re all Afghans right here, we’re all refugees.
“We request the Afghans to face with the brand new authorities to make a brand new Afghanistan, (peaceable) Afghanistan.”
Mr Totakhyl, who got here to the UK in 2001, mentioned he plans to return to Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover.