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IAF brings back 168 people from war-torn Afghanistan

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The Indian Air Force on Sunday brought back 168 passengers from war-torn Afghanistan, including 107 Indians. The special repatriation flight took off from Kabul and landed at the Hindon airbase near the national capital today morning.

Apart from bringing back Indians stuck in the Taliban-controlled nation, it also brought back two Afghan senators and 24 Afghan Sikhs. Afghanistan’s MP Narendra Singh Khalsa was visibly emotional while reiterating the devastation caused by the terror group in the country.

Upon arrival in Delhi, Khalsa said, “I feel like crying…Everything that was built in the last 20 years is now finished. It’s zero now.”

Indians evacuated

Three other flights operated by Air India, Vistara and Indigo brought back Indians evacuated from Kabul and landed in New Delhi from Qatar’s Doha and Tajikistan’s Dushanbe on Sunday. Notably, India has been allowed to operate two flights a day from Kabul to evacuate its citizens from the war-ravaged country.

The permission was granted by American and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces which have been controlling operations of the Hamid Karzai International Airport. While the Kabul airport is still under the control of the international forces, the entire capital is under the control of the terror organisation. All passengers brought back from Afghanistan had to undergo RT-PCR testing upon arrival.

MEA tweets Afghanistan

External affairs ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, in a series of tweets, posted details of the evacuation efforts by Air India and IndiGo flights. He also posted a short video clip where the evacuees can be seen chanting “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”, adding more evacuation flights will follow.

https://twitter.com/MEAIndia/status/1429264740505640960?s=20

Meanwhile, there were reports of over 150 persons, mostly Indians, being picked up by the Taliban when they were waiting for an evacuation flight outside the Kabul airport on Saturday morning, a top government source was quoted as having said. Later reports by sources said that they had been released after questioning and were back at Kabul airport.

 

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