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Indian Air Force's special flight evacuates over 85 Indians from Kabul: Sources

According to reports, the jet took off from Kabul and stopped in Tajikistan for refuelling on Saturday. Indian government authorities assisted in the evacuation of the Indian people in Kabul. 

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New Delhi, First Published Aug 21, 2021, 12:14 PM IST
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The Indian Air Force's C-130J transport plane has evacuated more than 85 Indian nationals from Kabul. It is transporting them back to India amid a humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover.
According to reports, the jet took off from Kabul and stopped in Tajikistan for refuelling on Saturday. Indian government authorities assisted in the evacuation of the Indian people in Kabul. 

Last Monday, an IAF C-17 heavy-lift transport plane returned about 150 people from Kabul, including Indian ambassador Tandon, Indian diplomats, officials, security men, and several stranded Indians. In another case, over 40 Kabul workers were evacuated from the war-torn country.

Thousands of Afghans have arrived at Kabul airport in a desperate attempt to fly out of the country, making the evacuation procedure difficult.
On August 15, the Taliban reclaimed control in Afghanistan after 20 years by seizing the final major city outside of Kabul and the presidential palace. Former president Ashraf Ghani had fled the nation and stated that he did so to "avoid a flood of bloodshed."

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi presided over a critical high-level conference to examine the current situation in Afghanistan, and he instructed authorities to guarantee the safe departure of all Indian people from the war-torn country.
He further requested that officials take all necessary steps to guarantee the safe evacuation of Indian people from Afghanistan in the coming days, as well as give sanctuary to Sikhs and Hindus who choose to go to India from there.

Furthermore, while chairing a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised that India must provide all possible support to its Afghan brothers and sisters who are looking to India for help.
In addition, the Centre has revised visa regulations and established a new type of electronic visa known as the "e-Emergency X-Misc Visa" to expedite applications for admission into India.

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