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Daily Evacuation Brief | November 16, 2023
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PROTEST PLANNED FOR AFGHAN REFUGEES IN KARACHI – Organizers of the protest, the Joint Action Committee, announced it would hold a protest in front of the Karachi Press Club to demand a reversal of the forced deportation program by Islamabad.
TALIBAN INTELLIGENCE OFFICIAL IN KUNDUZ CREATES A ‘NEW MAP’ OF AFGHANISTAN – Maulvi Mohammad Suleiman, the head of intelligence for Kunduz Province proudly displayed a map he had created and which sits on his desk in his office. The map has removed the Provinces of Panjshir, Kapisa, Parwan, and Daikundi but appears to have added the Pakistani Provinces/Districts of Balochistan, Peshawar, Bandar Gwadar, Kohat, Dera Ismail Khan, and Quetta. Photos of the map have been circulated on social media.
ISIS-K CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR 10 NOVEMBER BOMB BLAST IN KUNAR – A reputable source has confirmed that ISIS-K took responsibility for a terrorist operation in the Province that wounded a Talib in the Narang District on Friday.
SUPREME LEADER FORBIDS TALIBAN LEADERS FROM RECEIVING LAND ALONG THE QOSH TEPA CANAL – Several groups and individuals have claimed that land parcels adjacent to the Qosh Tepa Canal project have been granted to Taliban leaders throughout 2022-23. The claims have been rejected by the Taliban but the Supreme Leader took the matter seriously and issued an order barring any ownership by senior Taliban officials. The rumors continue to persist though and many say that Taliban officials simply granted the land to family friends or relatives to avoid scrutiny. The land is expected to become extremely valuable once the canal is completed and the Taliban say they have commissioned a study to look at the land value.
TALIBAN WARNS SOCIAL MEDIA USERS IN KHOST ABOUT REFRAINING FROM POSTING POLITICAL, MUSICAL, OR SATIRICAL CONTENT – According to Hasht-E Subh Daily, sources in the Province say that the warnings were issued by several Ministries and that the warnings were being broadcast across towns in the Province. While the restrictions have been in place for some time, it appears that a new emphasis on enforcement has taken shape.
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Experts say that Iran has continued to expand its nuclear program but has not accelerated the speed at which it is producing nuclear fuel over the past months.
A prominent human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, has reportedly been released from the Evin prison after nearly three weeks of detention. The lawyer had been arrested (along with others) for attending the funeral of Armita Garavand, the young woman who died under mysterious circumstances at a Tehran train station.
The United Nations passed the 70th resolution that condemned human rights violations in Iran. Twenty-nine countries voted against the resolution while 80 voted for it.
Islamabad announced it would extend a deadline it had set for Uyghur refugees currently sheltering in the country. It was not clear how long of an extension was granted to the small population living in Pakistan.
Pakistan is expected to receive another grant of $700 million after the successful conclusion of a review with IMF officials yesterday.
The acting Interior Minister announced that only weapons produced by the Pakistan Ordinance Factory (POF) could be sold across the country.
By Asad Rahim Khan - Dawn
“No one leaves home,” the British-Somali poet Warsan Shire recently wrote, “unless home is the mouth of a shark.” Such words spoke to the time – of migrants washing up on beaches, as richer capitals looked away. It was also why Shire’s poem became a rallying cry for refugees, for émigrés, and for those that continue to seek sanctuary elsewhere.
By La Prensa Latina
The return of regular flights Wednesday to Afghanistan by the low-cost company Flydubai, from the United Arab Emirates, was welcomed with optimism by the…
By TOLO News
Officials at the health camp in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar say that many refugees deported from Pakistan are struggling with…
By Chris Poole - The Big Issue
In her home city of Kabul, Afghanistan, her nieces and nephews gathered round as she…
By AMU TV
Taliban has called on Pakistan to permit Afghan nationals to repatriate their cash and other assets back to Afghanistan, according to a…
By Bruce Pannier - RFE
Despite the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan two years ago, the Afghan embassy in the Tajik capital Dushanbe is still staffed by officials from the…
INTERNATIONAL NEWS RELATING TO AFGHANISTAN
By Milad Sayar - AMU TV
The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, John Sopko, delivered a stern warning about the risk of terrorism financing using American aid to Afghanistan during a…
By Ellie Sennett - The National News
The Taliban have diverted a “considerable amount” of American assistance to Afghanistan and policymakers must make tough choices when…
THE DAILY WTF
By Melissa Koenig - The New York Post
Video uploaded to YouTube and circulating on social media appears to show AR-47 armed Taliban security forces patrolling the…
‘Use what you got we guess.’ TAD Staff
Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 73.45 AFN (as of 16 NOV 2023)