Daily Evacuation Brief | November 27, 2022
LAST 24 HOURS
TALIBAN CONTINUE TO CLAIM DAIKUNDI WAS AN ANTI-INSURGENCY OPERATION – The spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior has claimed the deaths reported in Daikundi resulted from a stabilization operation to quell a rebellion in the Province. UNICEF released a statement earlier that confirmed that 4 children were among those killed and few Afghan observers believe the Taliban’s claims. Several international bodies are considering launching investigations into the matter but it is not clear what would be the result of any investigations.
LONG MARCH PROTEST RALLY CALLED OFF – Former PM Imran Khan canceled the planned protest out of fears it would create havoc. He made the announcement in Rawalpindi in front of thousands of supporters. He has ordered members of his political party (PTI) to resign their positions across the government in protest of the current regime. Sources have stated the PTI was not happy with the lack of visible support from the party faithful and a police leader said "The Long March simply took too long." Police and military units are still stationed at their posts around Rawalpindi and Islamabad but are expected to gradually return to normal. It seems the threat has passed for now.
LAND REFORM CONTINUES, SERVES DUAL PURPOSES – The Taliban have continued cases against people accused of usurping land over the past twenty years in Afghanistan. In some cases, the cases seem to be honest attempts to recover land that was illegally acquired by leaders and business persons under the former regime. In other cases, land and property that is owned by ethnic/religious minorities have been seized. However, the redistribution of houses and farmland to nomadic tribes who assisted the Taliban during their fight against the former regime and international forces is seen as a means of ‘reprogramming’ the demographics in the country into a model more favorable to the Taliban’s control.
KARZAI CLEARED TO LEAVE FOR GERMANY SOON – Several reports had been published by media sites that former President Hamid Karzai was seeking medical treatment in Germany. Some had suggested he had already left, while others claimed the Taliban would not allow him to depart. His press attache has now stated that he intends to travel in early December and will return to Afghanistan after a minor procedure is conducted.
NEXT 24 HOURS
ADDITIONAL SECURITY FORCES HEADING TO DAIKUNDI – Anticipating a potential challenge to local Taliban security forces in the Province, additional Taliban fighters are expected to arrive from Kandahar and Kabul over the next several days. Sources with the Ministry of Defense have already stated that security patrols have been doubled since the reports of the incident were made public. Some of the patrols have reported sniping along their routes but no casualties have resulted. At-risk Afghans in the Province should expect additional scrutiny of vehicles and individual searches at checkpoints which will focus on their phones.
CENTRAL BANK TO AUCTION $17 MILLION DOLLARS
Authorities began the trial of a popular rapper, Toomaj Salehi, over his participation in the nationwide protests. It is believed he may face the death penalty and he has been denied legal representation.
Iran’s leader has heaped praise on the security forces for their actions to quell the protests across the country.
Former PM Khan calls off protest rallies in Islamabad over fears about chaos and violence. Announced his elected party members would resign from government service in the coming days.
In meetings with the UNAMA Chief, a proposal to form an international body to negotiate with the Taliban was drafted.
A preliminary agreement has been reached with Kyrgyzstan over the disputed border regions which have erupted in violence recently.
SPOTLIGHT ANALYSIS (video)
Humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is 'a catastrophe'
By SBS News
Afghanistan is facing its second winter since the Taliban took control, and the withdrawal of foreign funds sent the economy into collapse. The UN has described the humanitarian situation as a catastrophe, with millions on the brink of starvation. Rates of malnutrition among children have gone up by nearly fifty per cent. BBC reporter Yogita Limaye has found evidence that people are being forced to take extreme steps including selling their daughters and some giving tablets to their hungry children to sedate them.
Ex-Afghan Vice President Requests International Investigation into ‘Massacre’ in Daikundi
By Saqalain Eqbal - Khaama Press
The leader of the newly formed Justice and Freedom party of Afghanistan, Sarwar Danesh, asked the international community and human rights organizations to thoroughly investigate…
Taliban bans women from visiting doctors without men in Nangarhar province
By News AM
According to the decree, women cannot visit health facilities or undergo medical examinations without being accompanied by…
Measles Vaccination Drive Begins Across Afghanistan
By Hadia Ziaei - TOLO News
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said that nearly 7 million children will be vaccinated in a countrywide vaccination program that…
UNICEF Condemns Killing of at Least Four Children by Taliban in Daikundi
By 8AM Media
UNICEF confirmed on Friday (November 25th) that four children were killed by Taliban…
As Afghans flee, Turkey is accused of deporting them without a fair hearing
As elections approach and politicians play to fears over the number of refugees in Turkey, a new report by Human Rights Watch accuses Turkish authorities of…
INTERNATIONAL NEWS RELATING TO AFGHANISTAN
UN, Uzbekistan discuss Int’l Group to negotiate with IEA government
By Ariana News
Deputy head of UNAMA and Uzbekistan’s foreign minister have discussed implementing an initiative to set up an International Group to negotiate with…
IEA Dismisses Reports of IEA Officials’ Lucrative Gains from World Cup
By Saqalain Eqbal - Khaama Press
The IEA’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, stated on Saturday, November 26, “The claim of ‘The Telegraph’ that some members of the…
THE DAILY WTF
IEA affirms respect for women’s rights
By Pajhwok Afghan News
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) has affirmed its commitment to upholding the rights of all citizens…
Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 88.76 AFN (as of 27 NOV 2022)