When commercial aircraft service from Kabul begins, Hindus and Sikhs from Afghanistan will be given priority, India announced, a day after the Taliban took control of the city. India stated it would “enable repatriation to India of individuals who seek to leave Afghanistan” as panicked Afghans crowded at the airport to flee the war-torn country.
“The government would take all necessary efforts to protect the safety and security of Indian nationals as well as our interests in Afghanistan,” said Arindam Bagchi, a spokesperson for the foreign ministry.
Specifically, he is referring to the current situation in Kabul “We are in daily contact with leaders of Afghan Sikh and Hindu groups,” the ministry said, “and the situation is deteriorating by the day.” Those who choose to leave Afghanistan will be able to return to India with our assistance “.
“A number of Afghans have also been our partners in promoting our mutual developmental, educational, and people-to-people initiatives. We will support them “Mr. Bagchi continued.
The Kabul airport’s commercial flight operations have been halted. “Our repatriation efforts have been put on hold as a result of this. We’re waiting for planes to resume before we can resume the procedure “According to Mr. Bagchi, who spoke to reporters.
Yesterday, Afghan airspace was closed due to unrest at Kabul airport, when US security forces fired into the air as crowds became unmanageable. The cause of the deaths of five people is still unknown. Later, the airport was cordoned off for security reasons.
Since the Taliban began to advance as US and NATO forces departed, India has begun evacuating its citizens as well as some Afghan nationals. Mr. Bagchi said today, “We are aware that there are still some Indian nationals in Afghanistan who wish to return, and we are in contact with them.”
More least 200 Indians have yet to be evacuated from Kabul, including Foreign Ministry personnel and paramilitary forces stationed for their protection. At the Kabul airport, an aircraft is waiting to pick them up. Getting them from the Indian mission site to the airport, however, is proving difficult. According to accounts, the Taliban has imposed a curfew on the city.