India on Sunday evacuated 168 people including 107 Indians from Kabul in an IAF military transport plane amid the deteriorating security situation in the Afghan capital after it was taken over by the Taliban a week ago.
Another group of 87 Indians and two Nepalese nationals, who were flown on an Indian Air Force (IAF) plane on Saturday to Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, arrived in Delhi on Sunday morning, said people familiar with the development.
They were brought back on a special Air India flight from Dushanbe, they said. In addition, a group of 135 Indians, who had previously been evacuated from Kabul to Doha in recent days by US and NATO planes, also returned to India.
We learn that the Indians evacuated from Kabul to Doha were employees of a number of foreign companies operating in Afghanistan. “Evacuation continues! A special IAF repatriation flight with 168 passengers on board, including 107 Indian nationals, is on its way to Delhi from Kabul,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi tweeted. .
A number of prominent Sikh leaders are believed to be on board the flight. “Bring home Indians from Afghanistan! The 1956 IA carrying 87 Indians leaves Tajikistan for New Delhi. Two Nepalese nationals have also evacuated. Assisted and supported by our Embassy @IndEmbDushanbe. Further evacuation flights will follow.” , Bagchi tweeted around 1:20 a.m.
India evacuated 200 people, including the Indian envoy and other staff from its embassy in Kabul in two IAF C-17 heavy lift jets after the Taliban took control of Kabul. The first evacuation flight brought back more than 40 people, mostly Indian Embassy staff, on Monday.
The second C-17 plane evacuated around 150 people, including Indian diplomats, officials, security personnel and Indians stranded in Kabul on Tuesday. The Taliban swept through Afghanistan this month, taking control of nearly every key city, including Kabul, amid the withdrawal of US forces.
The evacuation mission of nearly 200 Indians was accomplished with the support of the United States. After the evacuation, the MEA said the goal would now be to ensure the safe return of all Indian nationals from the Afghan capital. The MEA said the immediate priority for the government is to obtain accurate information on all Indian nationals currently staying in Afghanistan.
He also called on the Indians and their employers to urgently share the relevant details with the Afghanistan special cell. According to a previous rough estimate, the number of Indians stranded in Afghanistan could be around 400 and India has sought ways to evacuate them, including coordinating with the United States and other friendly countries.
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