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Daily Evacuation Brief | February 23, 2023
LAST 24 HOURS
TORKHAM CROSSING TO REOPEN TODAY – The Ministry of Information announced that a compromise had been reached with Pakistan and the border crossing would reopen today. The truck drivers and pedestrians on both sides of the border have been described as being in a foul mood over the delay and there were some fights reported among truck drivers over who would be given priority to pass through this morning. Police had to intervene in two of the scuffles.
MASS ARRESTS IN PANJSHIR – The Taliban has been active in Dara District and 50 non-combatants were reportedly rounded up and taken into custody. Eyewitnesses say that only men and boys were arrested and a source in the Ministry of Defense stated the operation was a preemptive move to warn other Panjshiris about joining the NRF for the upcoming spring campaign season. The status of those arrested is currently unknown.
TALIBAN WORKING FORMALLY WITH RUSSIA AND IRAN TO SET UP INVESTMENT CONSORTIUM – The Minister of Commerce announced the formal signing of a memorandum of agreement between his office, 14 prominent Afghan businessmen, and a consortium of regional companies valued at over $1 billion dollars. Analysts raised concerns about the banking transfers and whether any may violate sanctions placed on Russia and Iran. Two of the bigger projects being discussed were infrastructure related. The first is a parallel tunnel through the Salang pass and the second was a major water canal that would divert rivers in Panjshir to Kabul.
CLERICAL COUNCILS FORMED IN 3 PROVINCES – After a decree by the Supreme Leader, Provincial leaders are rushing to form clerical councils to provide Sharia interpretations in civil and juridical matters. Badakhshan, Nangarhar, and Ghazni join 16 other provinces that have implemented Akhundzada’s will. The remaining provinces are in the process of establishing their ulemas.
NEXT 24 HOURS
TORKHAM TO REOPEN, TRAVELERS SHOULD REMAIN VIGILANT – Using the recent cross-border incidents at Spin Boldak-Chaman as a guide, we often see a ripple effect after a primary engagement which could mean more shooting today or in the days to come. In addition to the threat of cross-border gunfire, there are reports that many of the truck drivers were jostling to get through the border quickly and some fistfights had been reported along the queue throughout the night. At-risk Afghans planning on visiting Torkham should be aware of the potential for more shooting and there may be disturbances as trucks make a dash for the gate after it opens.
PASSPORT DIRECTORATE EXPECTED TO RELEASE A STATEMENT – Rumors that the Passport Directorate may finally be reopening have been rampant and an announcement should be released to the Bakhtar News Agency sometime over the next twenty-four hours.
The US pushed back against Iranian claims that it had attempted to coerce Great Britain into keeping IRGC off its terror list.
The Iranian FM invited Saudi Arabia to restart talks in Baghdad about cooperation in the region.
The regime executed a Kurdish dissident accused of murdering a policeman. He was hanged to death on Wednesday in Kermanshah.
The Minister for Construction in Balochistan was arrested by police and stands accused of a triple murder in a case where three bodies of protestors had been found sealed up in a wall.
China approved a $700 million dollar loan to Pakistan on Wednesday. The funds are expected to be used to rebuild some of Pakistan’s foreign reserves.
Some of former PM Khan’s political party operatives were arrested in Lahore. The government says that 60 were arrested while the former PM’s party says the number was between 500-700.
By Faisal Devji - Boston Review
“The idea that we’re able to deal with the rights of women around the world by military force is not rational.” This single sentence from President Biden’s ABC interview with George Stephanopoulos on August 18 exposed the paradox of humanitarian intervention. It acknowledged that trying to address violence with violence only serves to perpetuate it. Much commentary on the West’s two decades of intervention in Afghanistan assumes that Western humanitarianism masked political aims or was subordinated to them. But Biden seems to recognize that humanitarianism, far more than politics, justified, legitimized, and, indeed, required violence.
By Anadolu Agency
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By Kabul Now
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By Bakhtar News Agency
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By Abid Hussain - Al Jazeera
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By Mitra Majeedy - TOLO News
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS RELATING TO AFGHANISTAN
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By Hu Yuwei - Global Times
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THE DAILY WTF
By The National News
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Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 89.19 AFN (as of 23 FEB 2023)