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06/20/2013

An exclusive look inside the Taliban's new office

A bit of light relief about the very serious issue of Taliban opening an office in Qatar to hopefully bring the Afghan war to an end. Yes, there are jokes being made about Taliban peace talks.

Click here to see photographs from the satirical Pan-Arabia Enquirer website which has had exclusive access to the "fundamentalist premises."

Showing a modernist room with a bright neon green floor we learn from the designer: 

“We really wanted the offices to inspire and be a place where enforcing strict Islamic law wouldn’t feel a chore for Taliban officials, which is why we’ve used bright and breezy colour schemes throughout,” said chief designer Penton Worcestor. “The aim was to play with space and maximise natural light – without compromising the dark, murderous thoughts of our in-house team.” 

Here is a description of the atrium: 

“Interaction is a central theme of the building, with several large open-plan areas where radical extremists can sit and share ideas regarding the toppling of decadent Western principles, perhaps over an organic muffin or cup of fairtrade coffee from one of the several pop-up cafes scattered throughout.”  

Hamida Ghafour is a foreign affairs reporter at The Star. She has lived and worked in the Middle East and Asia for more than 10 years and is the author of a book on Afghanistan. Follow her on Twitter @HamidaGhafour

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