Daily Evacuation Brief | June 6, 2023
LAST 24 HOURS
PAKISTAN POLICE EVICT AFGHANS FROM CAMP IN ISLAMABAD, SOME ARRESTS REPORTED – A moderately sized refugee camp that has long since been established near a club for Pakistan journalists has been razed by Pakistani police units and the occupants were evicted. The incident occurred during the night and the residents complained that they had nowhere else to go. Other arrests had been reported around the city and several Afghan refugees reported that they had been brought in for questioning and had their documents reviewed. The rumors of arrests came from three-quarters of the Districts although no officials have commented on the arrests. Several human rights and refugee groups have called on the Government to halt further security operations.
TALIBAN OFFICIALS CONFIRM SAR-E POL POISONINGS – A spokesman for the Taliban police confirmed that approximately 80 people (primarily young female students) had been poisoned at two schools in the Sancharak District. The spokesperson said that ‘unknown people’ had entered the schools and when the students arrived, they rapidly became sick. The police did not say who might be behind the plot and what agents might have been used but a source in Iran said that water was likely used as the delivery mechanism, since it affected such a broad group. No deaths have been reported since the incident took place and those affected have been receiving treatment in a nearby hospital. Some press outlets have claimed the incident is the first of its kind since the Taliban regained the reigns of power. However, there are those who say that Hazara female students had been poisoned in a similar attack in 2022. The disgusting tactic was employed on occasion during the Taliban’s previous regime in the 1990s. The schools targeted were the Naswan-e-Kabod Aab and Naswan-e-Faizabad primary schools. There are unconfirmed reports that other schools in the area plan to cancel classes until the situation is investigated. For its part, the Taliban seem to be miscalculating the force of international outrage the event has sparked. Sources say only a cursory investigation was launched in response and few expect any of the perpetrators to be brought to justice.
GENDER BANS DRIVES DOWN UN AID REQUEST – As a result of the bans on females in both the education and humanitarian relief sectors, the United Nations and other major NGOs have lowered requests for donor states from $4.6 billion to $3.2 billion. The move was attributed directly to the gender discrimination policies enacted by the Taliban’s Supreme Leader as the UN and NGOs in the country relied heavily on women to facilitate the various programs throughout the country.
TALIBAN AGREES TO VISIT BY AUSTRALIAN WAR CRIMES INVESTIGATORS – Zabihullah Mujahid, chief spokesman for the Taliban told an Australian news agency that a team of Australian officials has been invited to the country to conduct an investigation over war crimes that are alleged to have been committed by Australian troops. Some are pushing back against the trip, saying it is a precursor to granting recognition. No dates for the team’s visit have yet been announced.
SUPREME LEADER MEETS WITH PROVINCIAL EDUCATION DELEGATES – Many had hoped the meeting would signal an end to the ban on women’s education and that the long-awaited curriculum for girls would be approved. However, early reports suggest the meeting was mainly about status updates from the various regions and did not include any substantive discussion about the status of female students. Apparently, the decision to allow females back into the classroom will be made by religious scholars.
NEXT 24 HOURS
REFUGEE POPULATION ALONG DURAND LINE OUTRAGED OVER PLAN TO RESETTLE THEM IN OTHER PROVINCES – While there is no discernible threat of violence in the next twenty-four hours, we feel it is important to warn at-risk Afghans after thousands of displaced persons living along the Durand Line found out they would be forcibly removed and sent to other parts of Afghanistan. Sources close to the situation say the refugees feel like they have been ‘sold out’ by the Taliban to appease Pakistan and the rumors circulating among many suggest they will be sent to the Northern Provinces in an effort to establish a larger Pashtun presence there. We believe the risk here is real in that, the area is considered to be one of the most heavily armed regions in all of Afghanistan. Many of the refugees in the area are said to have ties to the TTP and the source said that the concern raised by the Ministry of the Interior over possible defections to ISIS-K were waved off by Kandahar. Depending on when the displacement operation is put into effect, it is a near certainty that violence will ensue. Those at-risk Afghans living/working in the area should pay particularly close attention to announcements about the program’s implementation as that could provide a timely warning.
The US Secretary of State declared that Iran would not be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons in a speech to an Israel lobby.
The IAEA has pushed back on claims from some that it had ‘watered down’ its latest assessment of Iran’s nuclear program.
The regime announced its intention to reopen its shuttered embassy in Riyadh during the coming week as both nations seek to normalize relations.
The government is weighing the establishment of a new anti-riot force in the wake of the 9 May riots. An internal assessment concluded that the current organization is insufficient to handle mass demonstrations and riots.
Former PM Khan questions the lack of comment by the Supreme Court over cases against his supporters who will face military tribunals. Formerly close advisors now say he has isolated himself and is beginning to turn on the few ‘friendly’ institutions left.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the former Chief of Staff for the Pakistani Army was accosted on the streets of Paris by an Afghan refugee
The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov arrived in Dushanbe for meetings with the President and a tour of the Russian military base (201st).
Tajikistan is reeling from reports that Tajik citizens are being rounded up across Russia in mass arrests. The Tajik government has sought clarification about what is taking place but has yet to receive an answer.
By Kabir Taneja - ORF
A section of global counterterrorism discourse is now getting divided between political and military aims. On Afghanistan, most capitals are undergoing a level of political fatigue mixed with unclear policies on how to move forward with the new reality of the Taliban ruling Kabul. On the other hand, the militaries charged with countering terrorism are tempted to go ahead and target as well as eliminate perceived threats, even if that could mean a level of cooperation with the Taliban itself.
By Michelle Nichols - Reuters
An international aid agency in Afghanistan has resumed operations in the southern province of Kandahar - the birthplace of the Taliban and home to…
By Amie Ferris-Rotman - New Lines Magazine
Across the world, journalists and human rights advocates, many of whom are Afghan, regularly note how many days have passed since…
By Ariana News
The IEA’s Supreme Leader Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada called the meeting of senior education officials in order for them to share their…
By Banafsha Binesh - TOLO News
China’s Defense Minister Li Shangfu reiterated Beijing’s support for stability in Afghanistan, saying that China will continue to work to restore stability in the…
By Fidel Rahmati - Khaama Press
According to Inter-Services Public Relations, troops effectively engaged the militants’ location; however, during the exchange of fire, Lance Naik…
INTERNATIONAL NEWS RELATING TO AFGHANISTAN
By Asmahan Qarjouli - Doha News
Lana Nusseibeh, the UAE’s permanent representative to the UN and current president of the Security Council, made the…
By Nizamuddin Rezahi - Khaama Press
Some international media have reported that Norway will host a grand meeting on Afghanistan in mid-June, in which high-level…
THE DAILY WTF
Watch: Ex-Pakistan Army chief Qamar Bajwa verbally abused by ‘Afghan man’ in France
By WION News
Pakistan’s former army chief (retrd) General Qamar Javed Bajwa was heckled when he was on a holiday trip with his wife in…
Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 87.15 AFN (as of 6 JUN 2023)