Daily Evacuation Brief | November 5, 2022
LAST 24 HOURS
INTERNATIONAL FUROR OVER ARRESTS OF GENDER ACTIVISTS – The United Nations, multiple Human Rights organizations, and a host of nation-states have condemned the arrests of 5 people (1 Woman, 4 Men) at a planned press conference where the announcement of a new Women’s movement was to be made. Taliban security forces disrupted the event before any announcement could be made and the 5 individuals were carted off to an undisclosed location. While most observers believe the people are unharmed, there is concern for their welfare. The Taliban continue to pound nails in the coffin that is international recognition with such moves.
PAKISTAN PROBLEMS AND THE LONG MARCH – Former Prime Minister Imran Khan met with his presumed assassin and reputedly asked who was behind the plot and why he had chosen to carry out the attempt. Khan went on to vow that he would be back on the streets with his supporters soon. He urged his supporters to continue the protest and wait for his recovery before marching to Islamabad. He has called for resignations from several senior leaders of the Pakistani government. For its part, the government rebuked Khan for claiming the attack was government-sponsored and vowed to launch a full investigation. It is not clear what the protestors have planned and some eyewitnesses say that many returned home but may return if summoned by the PTI leader.
PROTESTS IN IRAN TURN BLOODY AGAIN – Iranian security forces opened fire on protestors in the southern province of Sistan-Baluchestan. Several reports indicate that as many as 10 non-combatants were killed. Some were said to be children. Many Iran analysts believe the violence will escalate further.
TOMB OF AHMAD SHAH MASSOUD VANDALIZED AGAIN – Video evidence of the desecration of noted leader Massoud was provided to an Indian news site and the report says the Taliban are to blame. The repeated desecration of the martyred leader’s burial site continues to inflame residents of Panjshir.
BAD WEATHER CANCELS RESISTANCE OFFENSIVE ACTIONS – A source with the NRF claimed that unexpectedly bad weather had caused the cancellation of two offensive actions that had been planned in Takhar and Panjshir.
NEXT 24 HOURS
PAKISTAN LONG MARCH – For the time being, it appears the threats of violence have passed. Khan will need several days to recover and the March is said to be suspended until he is well enough to travel with his supporters again. Some rock-throwing was reported but it does not appear to be likely that violence between his supporters and the security forces will affect the capital.
While the situation is confusing, the recent shootings indicate the security forces are on edge and will likely clash with protestors again over the weekend.
US President Biden made remarks about ‘freeing’ Iran that has stoked fears of possible foreign intervention. While no such plans seem to be in place, the Iranian government is using the remarks to its advantage.
It seems the threat of clashes between security forces and protestors is on hold while the former Prime Minister recovers. Police have not stood down and there is still a massive presence in Islamabad and along the route of the march, but it seems unlikely that large-scale violence will erupt for now.
Government economists announced stronger-than-expected growth in 2022 as the nation is bucking the pressures of inflation and economic retraction.
The Government announced its intentions to “fast-track” the Uzbekistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan rail project.
In Afghanistan, Was a Loss Better than Peace?
By Kate Bateman - USIP
The American war in Afghanistan incurred staggering costs — for the United States, Afghans and others — over two decades. The U.S. government spent $2.3 trillion, and the war led to the deaths of 2,324 U.S. military personnel, 3,917 U.S. contractors and 1,144 allied troops. For Afghans, the statistics are nearly unimaginable: 70,000 Afghan military and police deaths, 46,319 Afghan civilians (although that is likely a significant underestimation) and some 53,000 opposition fighters killed. Almost 67,000 other people were killed in Pakistan in relation to the Afghan war.
ICRC: 700,000 people have lost their jobs in Afghanistan in the past year
By Ariana News
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By Sgihn Mitzer, Lukas Muller & Joost Olimans - ORYX
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PM Establishes Committee to Investigate Drug Trafficking
By Nazir Shinwari - TOLO News
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Motive Behind Attempted Assassination of Ex-Pakistani PM Khan
By Arif Ahmadi - Khaama Press
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Pakistan’s new Ambassador to Afghanistan resume office
By Khaama Press
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS RELATING TO AFGHANISTAN
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By FARS News
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UN voice concern after Taliban detain women's rights activists at press conference
The New Arab
"We have received deeply worrying reports that yesterday (Thursday) afternoon in Kabul, a number of de facto security…
THE DAILY WTF
TASS: Kabul Officials Will Not Participate in Moscow Meeting on Afghanistan
By Mohammad Farshad Daryosh - TOLO News
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Afghani to the Dollar: $1 – 88.30 AFN (as of 5 NOV 2022)