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Daily Evacuation Brief | November 21, 2023
LAST 24 HOURS
SPIN BOLDAK-CHAMAN BORDER CROSSING CLOSED BY PROTESTORS – Protestors have blocked the Spin Boldak crossing on the Pakistan side of the border and say they intend to keep the border closed until they reverse the unpopular policy of disallowing Afghans who do not have valid passports from crossing unhindered. The protests reportedly began late on the 19th when locals erected barricades across the roads leading to the gate. Initially, border security forces acted as if they would intervene and disperse the mob but then retreated to their buildings and simply kept an eye on the activities. A partial strike of select industries in Chaman was also announced but it is not clear what services or industries are involved at this point. Leaders of the demonstration say they expect to meet with leaders from Islamabad to force a reversal of the policy. Citizens on both sides of the border say the new policy has decimated their ability to earn a living and are appealing to both Kabul and Islamabad to shape a new policy that reinstates the ‘free travel’ arrangement that has been in place for decades. *NOTE - In yesterday’s issue, we reported on a possible protest but indicated it would take place on the Afghan side of the crossing. We were wrong.
TALIBAN USING PAKISTAN/IRAN/TURKEY DEPORTATION PROGRAMS TO SNARE FORMER AFGHAN MILITARY MEMBERS – Multiple reports have surfaced of former members of the Afghan military being arrested as they go through ‘processing’ at border crossings. A source in Khost said that several lists have been provided to select GDI teams who are stationed at the main border crossings. The GDI agents are using the lists (some with photos that appear to have been stored in the former regime’s archives) to discover those who had fought against them in the Republic. The source said that only men were listed on the documents provided to the team at Torkham. Another source in Kabul said that a supplementary list was being compiled that also included some former police officers. However, this list had yet to be sent to the border crossings and was waiting for a final review by Ministry of the Interior officials. The source in Khost said that those unfortunate individuals who have been discovered crossing at Torkham were placed on a ‘special truck’ and sent to an undisclosed location. The source thought the destination was not far as the truck would often return within about six hours of departing. It is not known how many arrests of former military personnel have been made so far.
PAKISTAN INCREASING SECURITY FOR CHINESE NATIONALS UNDER PRESSURE FROM BEIJING – In a closed meeting last week, Pakistan’s Ministry of the Interior decided to apply protective measures normally reserved only for Chinese nationals working on the all-important Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to other Chinese nationals working in technical and financial sectors. One of the provisions for this new order is that Chinese nationals working in these areas must travel only in bulletproof cars. The new measures come from the recent meeting in Beijing between the leaders of both countries. However, an unnamed source in Pakistan said that recent intercepts indicated that both the TTP and separatists in Balochistan were targeting Chinese nationals as a means of embarassing Islamabad. It is important to note that many of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects are located in Balochistan.
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The well-known rapper, Toomaj Salehi, has been granted bail and released after over a year of imprisonment. The rapper reportedly underwent torture and abuse during his confinement for supporting protestors in last year’s demonstrations.
Flooding was reported in several Provinces across Iran but the Southwest took the brunt of a series of thunderstorms. Many roads remain closed after the spate of storms dropped several centimeters of rain.
An Iranian activist had her passport and electronic devices confiscated immediately after arriving in Tehran from a trip abroad. Parastoo Forouhar said that authorities at Tehran’s airport did not provide a reason for taking her property but did say that it was eventually returned to her.
The acting Minister of the Interior, Sarfaz Bugti, told members of the Senate that the elections would be held on 8 February 2024 and that there was no intent to change the dates.
Former Foreign Minister, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, warned that Pakistan could experience a round of strikes if voters deemed the upcoming elections to be less than transparent.
A recent research project determined that Pakistan has a significant gender gap when it comes to voter representation. At least 10 million more men than women are registered to vote in the upcoming election.
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