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Taliban advance: Embassy in Kabul tells Indian citizens to return home immediately

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Kabul: Indian nationals in Afghanistan have been advised to return in view of the escalating violence in the country. Indian firms have been asked to withdraw their employees immediately as security concerns mount amid the advance of Taliban insurgents.

There are reports that the Afghanistan government may collapse under Taliban pressure soon.

The Indian embassy in Kabul has issued a security advisory for its nationals in the distressed region.

“As violence in many parts of Afghanistan has escalated, commercial air travel services to many provinces and cities are getting discontinued. All Indian nationals visiting, staying and working in Afghanistan are strongly advised to keep themselves updated on the availability of commercial flights from various parts of Afghanistan and make immediate travel arrangements to return to India before commercial air services are discontinued…,” the security advisory issued on Tuesday said. All Indian nationals have been advised to get themselves registered with the Embassy of India website.

The first evacuation flight from Afghanistan arrived in India on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan government continues to hope for international help to tide over the crisis.

Dawood Mohammadi, deputy director of Tarzi Research Foundation, said, “The government has nearly collapsed. We still count on the international community for help.”

The UN has said this war would unleash another humanitarian crisis as reports of Taliban atrocities emerge from areas that have already been captured by them.

 

2 more provincial capitals fall

Meanwhile, the Taliban captured two more provincial capitals on Tuesday, one of which is just 200 kilometres from Kabul, considered safer than other areas.

The two areas, Farah city and Pul-e-Khumri in Baghlan, were captured within hours of each other, according to reports.

The Taliban have already set their target on Mazar-e-Sharif.

India moved swiftly to announce start of evacuation flights for its nationals in and around Mazar-e-Sharif.

 

 

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