Abu Basada was no ordinary Taliban. He broke all the rules and the Mullahs in head office hated him - but he always got results. And now, he's coming out of retirement for one last case, or so he thinks, as a new season of the acclaimed Basada mysteries begins on Al Mazeera TV.
Episode One is not for the squeamish with a case that gets to the tough Taliban the way no murder has ever affected him.
Some kafir is teaching nine year old girls how to read. Any of the Girls he finds in the school could be his own daughter. The thought of her poring over texts, extending her little mind and educating herself makes him want to fire a machine gun into the air or beat a lady with a stick. Who knows what kinds of things those girls could be imagining. What sort of women would they grow up to be? What sort of thought processes they’d have?
Only one person could be behind this. It bore all the hallmarks of the hidden hand of Abu's old nemesis, The Great Satan. Or could it be The Jews. Basada needs to some evidence and he’s gonna need to make it fast.
But two things stand in his way. The benefits office wants him to come in for an interview and the office doesn’t open until Monday.
Then there’s his boss, who insists on doing everything by The Book. The Book don’t say nothing about beatings or burqas or, dammit, enforced illiteracy. The Book is great if you’re a free speech liberal who believes in love and mutual respect, Basada says. Screw tolerance, he says, I’m a Taliban.
‘Basada’s Back’ exclaims a poster for the new series of the acclaimed cop show on Al Mazeera TV. The first episode, screened tonight, show’s a new side to Basada, as we get to learn more about the man with the big stick and the uncompromising attitude.