India brings back 120 Kabul embassy staff, announces new electronic visa for Afghans

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The IAF flight took off from Kabul airport with the remaining Indian Embassy staff, ITBP staff and four journalists.

An Indian Air Force C-17 plane brought back 120 Indian officials on Tuesday morning, including the last group of Indian Embassy staff, ITBP staff and four journalists, from Kabul airport .

Indian Ambassador Rudrendra Tandon and other staff were on board the flight from Kabul. The plane with Indian officials landed in Jamnagar in Gujarat around 11 a.m.

The evacuees were then flown to Hindon Airport in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh on a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft operated by the Indian Air Force (IAF).

“In view of the current circumstances, it has been decided that our Ambassador in Kabul and his Indian staff will travel to India immediately,” the MEA spokesman said.

The IAF plane that took off from Kabul airport was secured by US ground forces controlling airport operations.

Kabul airport was reopened for evacuation operations Tuesday morning by US agencies.

Immediately after the passengers disembarked aboard the C-17 heavy lift aircraft, they were greeted by people on the tarmac, the official said. Many passengers wore garlands and many more were seen chanting “Bharat Mata ki Jai”.

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How the Indians were evacuated from Kabul

As part of efforts to evacuate its officials and employees from Afghanistan, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval held talks with his US counterpart Jake Sullivan on Monday evening for a smooth evacuation of Indians there.

Leading government sources told India Today TV that Ajit Doval had a long conversation with US NSA Jake Sullivan about the evacuation which had become “difficult” due to lack of clarity on authorities on the ground.

It was after the conversation that Indian officials were taken to the U.S. secure area of ​​Kabul airport last night from where they took off this morning, sources said.

The National Security Council has worked to smooth out Indian citizens and officials from Afghanistan in coordination with other authorities and also coordinated special military flights to Kabul. The Americans took control of the airport and helped the Indians from there, sources said.

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India Introduces ‘X-Misc Emergency Electronic Visa’ for Afghans

The Interior Ministry said it was reviewing visa arrangements in light of the current situation in Afghanistan. A new electronic visa category called “e-Emergency X-Misc Visa” has been introduced to speed up visa applications for entry into India.

“MHA is reviewing visa arrangements in light of the current situation in Afghanistan. A new electronic visa category called” e-Emergency X-Misc Visa “has been introduced to expedite visa applications for entry into India.” , the MHA spokesperson said in a statement.

Thousands of people desperate to flee Afghanistan invaded Kabul airport on Monday after the capital was captured by the Taliban.

The Taliban invaded Kabul on Sunday after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, ending a two-decade campaign in which the United States and its allies had attempted to transform Afghanistan.

The situation in Kabul is complex and “quite fluid now”, says Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Rudrendra Tandon

Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Rudrendra Tandon told Jamnagar that the situation in Kabul is now complex and “fairly fluid” and added that Indians stranded in the city will be brought home when commercial flight services resume.

“Glad to be back home safe and sound. We are a very big mission. We are a mission of 192 people who were evacuated from Afghanistan literally in three days in a very orderly way in two phases,” said the ‘Press Agency. PTI quoted Tandon.

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Tandon, who assumed the duties of Indian ambassador to Afghanistan in August last year, said the embassy has helped and even hosted many Indians in distress following the rapidly changing situation in Kabul.

“We are constantly monitoring the situation as there are still Indian citizens who are there. That is why Air India will continue to operate its commercial services to Kabul,” Tandon said.

“Your welcome is having an impact on all of us. Thanks to the Indian Air Force who made us fly in conditions that are not normal,” Tandon said, adding that continuing to work for the welfare of the Afghan people is very important to India. disturbs

This is the second evacuation flight. On Monday, another C-17 plane evacuated around 40 people, including staff from the Indian Embassy in Kabul, before operations at the city’s airport were suspended.

(With PTI inputs)

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