An Indian aircraft has been parked at the chaotic Kabul Airport. However, the matter of concern is to bring the Indian mission staff from the embassy to the airport.
According to a report by NDTV, more than 200 Indians including Foreign Ministry staff and paramilitary soldiers tasked for their protection have not been evacuated yet from Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, sources said.
As per sources, an Indian aircraft has been parked at the chaotic Kabul Airport. However, the matter of concern is to bring the Indian mission staff from the embassy to the airport. Sources said that the Taliban has enforced a curfew in the city.
Among the people stuck in the embassy are 100 personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police or ITBP, tasked with protecting the Indian mission in Afghanistan.
After thousands of Afghans, in a hope of catching a flight out, crowded onto the tarmac on Sunday, forcing US troops to fire shots into the air, the Afghan airspace has been closed to commercial flights. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has already fled the country.
According to sources, the Cabinet Secretary is meeting with Foreign Ministry officials to work out the evacuation plan, which is already in place.
According to an India Today report, an Indian Air Force (IAF) C-17 Globemaster aircraft landed in Kabul around 5 pm on Monday to bring back Indians stranded in the country, including embassy staff.
The report said that the aircraft had to land in Tajikistan on Monday morning due to the chaos at Kabul airport. The aircraft was able to make its way to Kabul once the American forces were able to regain control of the airfield.
US and NATO forces continue to facilitate military evacuations in Kabul, though operations for civilian flights have been halted on Monday.
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