Unknown Number Of Indians Left In Afghanistan, Most Evacuated: Centre


Unknown Number Of Indians Left In Afghanistan, Most Evacuated: Centre

The Union Ministry is offering emergency e-visas to Afghan refugees, the international ministry mentioned as we speak.

India as we speak mentioned that the precise variety of its residents remaining in war-torn Afghanistan was unknown. The Ministry of External Affairs believes it has evacuated most who needed to return whereas some are nonetheless round.

“The numbers keep changing. Our overall assessment is that the vast majority of Indians who wish to return have been evacuated. Some more are likely to be in Afghanistan. I don’t have the exact number for that,” Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi mentioned as we speak throughout a press briefing on the state of affairs within the war-torn nation.

“We are monitoring the situation very carefully. It is an evolving situation.”

India has until now evacuated a whole bunch of individuals from that nation for the reason that abrupt takeover of the nation’s governance by Taliban terrorists final week unleashed a lot worry and desperation, particularly in capital Kabul.

Mr Bagchi mentioned India had evacuated over 550 individuals in six separate flights, both from Kabul or Dushanbe. “Of these, over 260 were Indians. The government of India also facilitated the evacuation of Indian nationals through other agencies. We were in touch with various countries, like US, Tajikistan.”

“We were able to bring out some Afghan nationals as well as nationals from other countries. Of these, many of them were Sikhs and Hindus. Primarily, our focus will be on Indian nationals, but we’ll also stand by Afghans who stood by us,” Mr Bagchi mentioned.

“The last flight had 40-odd people. We were hearing reports that Afghan nationals were facing difficulties in reaching airport. We know some Afghan nationals, including Afghan Sikhs and Hindus, couldn’t reach the airport on August 25. Our flight had to come without them.”

Referring to Afghan refugees eager in coming to India, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has introduced six-month emergency e-visas, he mentioned.

The ministry mentioned India was Uzbekistan and Iran’s air area was opened up for India for evacuation sorties.

Mr Bagchi, nonetheless, didn’t touch upon the explosions that happened on the Kabul airport final evening.


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