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Daily Evacuation Brief | November 2, 2023
LAST 24 HOURS
ISSUE BETWEEN US DEPT OF STATE AND PAKISTAN OVER LIST OF AFGHAN REFUGEES – A list of approximately 25,000 Afghan citizens who reportedly have active immigration cases to the US was rejected by Pakistani authorities yesterday over ‘issues’ with the information contained in the list. An anonymous Pakistani official said that data was missing for many individuals on the list. The official said that US State Department personnel had withdrawn the list. Presumably, the US will resubmit the list soon but may face challenges in gathering all the missing data. A source in Islamabad said that leaders in the Ministry of the Interior and Foreign Affairs were upset that the US list had not been delivered to their respective offices until just days before the deportation operation was to begin. The officials complained that they would have difficulty in distributing the lists to police units in a timely manner and questioned why the delay had taken so long. Some evacuation groups have lost contact with some of the Afghans whom they had been working with for the past two years and feared they had been deported to Afghanistan.
PAKISTAN SAYS IT THWARTED A PLOT TO EMBARRASS THE GOVERNMENT OVER THE DEPORTATION OPERATION – Anti-Nationalists are being blamed for attempting to incite Afghan refugees in various camps and holding centers to protest their treatment and provoke the Pakistani authorities into using violence. Pakistani government officials say the groups behind the plot hoped to gather photos and videos of the mistreatment of the refugees, especially women and children. One of the cells tied to the ‘anti-nationalists’ had reputedly planned to fire above Afghan refugees’ heads as they transited Spin-Boldak gate. It is currently not clear who was behind these plans and if they actually existed at all. The interim government has come under fierce criticism over the deportation operation and may be seeking to blunt critics by manufacturing plots and schemes. Additional information will be required to validate these threats.
NEXT 24 HOURS
AFGHAN REFUGEES IN PAKISTAN WILL REMAIN UNDER THREAT OF DETENTION AND DEPORTATION FOR THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE
Iran’s supreme leader has called for an Arab/Islamic oil boycott on Israel to force a cease-fire in Gaza.
A well-known Iranian actress, Hengameh Ghaziani, said that she has been summoned to appear before a court to answer charges over her defiant stance towards the nation’s hijab laws.
Iran and Turkey announced they would host a regional conference to attempt to halt the spread of conflict from the Gaza conflict.
Inflation slowed significantly over the month of October and ended at 26.9%. Economists say that fuel price cuts were mainly responsible for positive news.
Security forces carried out a counter-terrorism operation on Tuesday in Balochistan. As a result of the operation, military personnel say that 6 terrorists were killed in the clash.
Additional good economic news was reported in October as the trade deficit narrowed substantially (13.5%). Analysts say that increased exports helped to narrow the gap.
SPOTLIGHT CRISIS IN PHOTOS
Photos: Dozens of Afghans deported by Pakistan authorities
By Al Jazeera
The crackdown on undocumented migrants mostly affecting some two million Afghans living in Pakistan without papers.
By TOLO News
The Ministry of Economy said that the decree of the leader of the Islamic Emirate prohibiting the participation of current government officials and officials in…
By Sulaiman Hakemy - The National News
Aid agencies, working with Taliban authorities, are now in a race against time to rebuild shattered homes in Herat before winter….
By Al Jazeera
Afghanistan’s Taliban government has urged Pakistan to give undocumented Afghans in the country more time to leave as pressure mounts at border posts…
By TOLO News
With the arrival of the November 1 deadline for Afghan migrants to leave Pakistan, some lawyers say that the interim government should be limited to just…
By Ayaz Gul - VOA
"The list of 25,000 Afghans was shared with Pakistan just days before the deportation deadline was to…
INTERNATIONAL NEWS RELATING TO AFGHANISTAN
By AMU TV
A number of former members of Afghanistan’s security and defense forces appealed to the United Nations Special Coordinator for Afghanistan, Feridun Sinirlioglu, to include the issue of…
THE DAILY WTF
By Save The Children
Hundreds of Afghan children are crossing into Afghanistan from Pakistan every day with nowhere to live and no money for food after Pakistan announced…
Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 73.41 AFN (as of 2 NOV 2023)