The foreign ministry spokesman for the Taliban is a former New Zealand resident who previously lived in Hamilton, multiple sources have told Stuff.
The spokesman refers to himself as Abdul Qahar Balkhi. Based in Kabul, Balkhi has become a prominent representative of the Taliban regime, due to his interviews with international media and his excellent English.
However, Stuff understands he immigrated to New Zealand many years ago with his family. …
In a statement, a New Zealand government spokesman said they were aware of media reports suggesting a senior member of the Taliban may be a New Zealand citizen.
“As with all cases that may have national security implications the Government is not in a position to comment on specifics.
“The Taliban is designated as a terrorist entity under New Zealand law and is subject to United Nations Sanctions.
“New Zealand takes its global counter-terrorism commitments extremely seriously and any New Zealander involved with a terrorist group can expect to be investigated under New Zealand law.”
What if they make him the Ambassador to New Zealand?