Daily Evacuation Brief | April 8, 2023
LAST 24 HOURS
BOMB BLAST REPORTED BY IRANIAN MEDIA DEEMED ‘FAKE NEWS’ – The Mehr News Agency referenced a report, purportedly made by The Kabul Times on its Telegram channel, about a massive blast at the Grand Mosque in Kandahar. The report went on to say that several senior Taliban figures were in the Mosque when the blast struck. The reports have since been discredited and eyewitnesses in Kandahar say no such event took place.
PAKISTAN’S NEW ANTI-TERROR OFFENSIVE HAS BEGUN – Pakistan’s National Security Committee announced it had launched a comprehensive counter-terror operation that involves nearly every sector of the federal government. The goal is to rid the country of terror groups. Many in the government have blamed a soft-touch approach with TTP that was reputedly spearheaded by the intelligence services for the chaos that has crippled the country. Based on the press release, it appears that security forces have been ordered to adopt a much more aggressive approach to dealing with militant groups. A primary focus of the new strategy will be to break the bond that has formed between Baluchistan separatists and the TTP.
THE ORGANIZATION OF ISLAMIC COOPERATION WEIGHS IN ON FEMALE WORKERS BAN – Leaders of the OIC called on the Taliban to take a fresh look at the ban on female aid workers. The OIC said the ban is counterproductive and will have negative effects on the citizens of Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON ‘BLAME GAME’ IN FULL SWING – First the Republican-led House launched an inquiry into the US’s involvement in Afghanistan. Now, the Biden administration has released a report that claims to have determined what led up to the disastrous departure of US and partner forces. Both of these efforts are heavily influenced by politics and both are attempting to simultaneously deflect/assign blame. While other nations have announced similar efforts to try and understand what mistakes were made, they lack the back-alley switchblade panache of the US political circus the world is currently witnessing. Ultimately, the accusations and counter-accusations are likely to be unproductive and certainly won’t help those at-risk Afghans who are struggling to survive. One would hope that these US ‘leaders’ could put the knives away and focus on ameliorating the problems for those they called allies for nearly 20 years.
NEXT 24 HOURS
PAKISTAN’S NEW STRATEGY AGAINST TERROR TO BEGIN – While we have no specific details about potential counter-terrorism operations in Pakistan, we assume the government would not have made the announcement without having an operation or two prepared to launch. We do not assess any direct threat to at-risk Afghans sheltering in Pakistan but feel obliged to mention that operations are likely.
The government has ordered the firing of women workers in the education and health sectors for not wearing hijabs.
A man accused of killing 7 people during protests in Khuzestan Province last year has been sentenced to death. Many believe that Iranian security forces were to blame and the man’s confession was forced under torture.
Official data from the Iranian Statistics Center shows that over 20,000 girls under the age of 15 were married from April 2022 thru January 2023.
A spate of poor economic news followed the recent interest rate hikes with Pakistan’s main exchange losing 300 points and inflation increasing 1% from the previous week.
More parties and former political figures are joining the chorus for a national dialogue on elections.
Pakistan’s National Security Committee announced an all-out anti-terror operation had begun across the country that involves all departments of the government. A Baluch separatist leader, Gulzar Imam, was reportedly captured by intelligence forces yesterday.
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Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 86.64 AFN (as of 8 APR 2023)