Daily Evacuation Brief | March 2, 2023
LAST 24 HOURS
DOHA DEAL ANNIVERSARY PASSES WITH MUCH FINGERPOINTING – The anniversary of the much-maligned ‘Doha Deal’ arrived with a sharp exchange of barbs between the Taliban and the US. The Taliban claim they have met all the requirements included in the deal and used the date to call for recognition and an unfreezing of assets they claim to belong to them. The US used the date to remind the Taliban they had fallen short in several areas and an ill-timed announcement from the Taliban concerning the reopening of Universities to MALE STUDENTS ONLY undercut the Taliban’s pleas and there are very few who believe that Afghanistan is secure and does not pose a terror threat to other states.
PASSPORT DIRECTORATE REOPENS NATIONWIDE – The head of the Passport Directorate announced the resumption of the process across the country. He said that online passport registration had been opened for all Afghans and the goal was to reach an eventual daily distribution rate of 10,000 per day. He did say that some technical difficulties were still being worked out and many who have been waiting for months are skeptical the announcement will bear fruit.
MORE ARRESTS OF FORMER ARMY SOLDIERS IN PANJSHIR – Possibly in an attempt to damage Resistance forces in the Province, the Taliban have arrested an additional 20 former soldiers of the previous regime. No charges were announced, but the men were taken to a central holding facility and presumably will face interrogation. Local eyewitnesses say the men had not taken up arms against the Taliban and many thought the arrests were meant as a message to others in the Province who may be considering joining the NRF or other Resistance groups.
PAKISTAN’S SENIOR ENVOY TO AFGHANISTAN RESIGNS – Mohammad Sadiq, announced his resignation on Twitter and said that after three years, it was time for him to focus on family and other matters. The search for a new envoy has begun and the list of candidates who are considered to possess the bona fides to take on the difficult mission is reputedly a short one.
TALIBAN ASK ICRC TO ASSIST WITH RECOVERING BODIES FROM ITALIAN SHIPWRECK – The Foreign Minister called on ICRC to assist with returning the approximately 80 bodies to Afghanistan. It was not clear if the ICRC or other NGO’s would answer the Minister’s calls as many of their female employees in Afghanistan are barred from continuing the organization’s mission.
NEXT 24 HOURS
TALIBAN KEY LEADERS RECALLED TO KANDAHAR – It is possible a significant announcement will be made regarding current policies in place by the Taliban after sources revealed that most of the most important Ministers and Department Chiefs were called to Kandahar. While no information concerning the reason for the high-level conference has been received, it is the first mass gathering of its kind since the Fall of 2022. We are waiting to confirm if the Ministers of Defense and the Interior have made the trip.
After a delay, the Supreme Leader has finally ordered an inquest into the rumors of a poisoning campaign against female students.
Iran forced 2 German diplomats to leave the country in what is widely seen as a reciprocal move for German criticism of the death sentence imposed on a dual citizen.
IAEA Chief to meet with President Raisa on Saturday to try and kickstart the nuclear talks.
Pakistani police have made significant headway in dealing with criminal gangs and street crime. Success has been attributed to the additional scrutiny and policing in response to terror threats.
An arrest warrant has been issued to the Islamabad Police, ordering them to produce the former Prime Minister on 7 March to answer questions related to the Toshakhana corruption case.
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THE DAILY WTF
Taliban Announce Reopening of Universities, but Only for Male Students
By Akmal Dawi - VOA
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Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 88.90 AFN (as of 2 MAR 2023)