Evacuation from Afghanistan: 25 Indians en-route to Delhi
Kabul: As many as 78 people, including 25 Indians, have been evacuated today. All of them are being brought to New Delhi from Tajikistan’s Dushanbe via a special Air India flight, informed according to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
Reportedly, they were flown out of Kabul, which is now controlled by Taiban, to Dushanbe by an Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft. “Helping in the safe return from Afghanistan. AI 1956 enroute to Delhi from Dushanbe carrying 78 passengers, including 25 Indian nationals. Evacuees were flown in from Kabul on an @IAF_MCC aircraft,” tweeted the MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi.
Later MEA spokesperson Bagchi also posted a short clip of the passengers evacuated from Kabul, who are onboard an Air India Dushanbe-Delhi flight, where they were chanting “Jo bole so nihal Sat Sri Akal” and “Waheguru ji ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji ki Fateh”.
— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) August 24, 2021
On the other hand, all flights to and from the Kabul International Airport have been suspended until further notice due to large crowds seeking to flee Afghanistan, the national civil aviation authority said in a statement issued earlier on Monday.
The situation at the Kabul airport has remained tense ever since the Taliban fighters swept into Kabul without encountering any resistance, and gained full control over the Afghan capital within a few hours on August 15.