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India has been allowed to operate two flights daily from Kabul to evacuate its citizens stranded in Afghanistan. Government sources gave this information. American and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces have been given the responsibility for the operation and control of Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport since its occupation of Afghanistan on August 15.

Government sources said two Indian aircraft would be allowed to operate from the Kabul airport, which is currently under the control of US security forces. A total of 25 flights are being operated by them, as they are currently focused on evacuating their civilians, weapons and equipment.

India today evacuated 150-200 Indians from Kabul via NATO, they have been shifted to some other destinations and will probably be taken to India in a day or two. India has so far evacuated 450 to 500 Indians from Kabul in the last 6 days.

More than 300 Indian citizens are to be evacuated from Kabul, which is now under Taliban control. India is airlifting its citizens to Tajikistan through Dushanbe and Qatar. An Air India flight with around 90 passengers is expected to land in India shortly. Indian passengers were evacuated from Kabul in a C130J aircraft. With great difficulty, 85 Indians were airlifted to Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe by a special Air Force aircraft on Friday night.

National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval had allowed India’s first aircraft to operate from Kabul after talks with his American counterpart Jake Sullivan to facilitate the movement of Indian officials in the US security zone at the airport. The Indian Air Force has already evacuated around 180 passengers including its ambassador to Afghanistan and all other diplomats.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) and directed all concerned officials to take all necessary measures to ensure the safe evacuation of Indian nationals from Afghanistan in the coming days.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs has said that the government is committed to the safe return of all Indian nationals from Afghanistan. The Ministry of External Affairs said that the main challenge for travel to and from Afghanistan is the operational status of the Kabul airport. It is to be known that the Taliban entered Kabul last Sunday (August 15) and captured the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Meanwhile, the Government of India is keeping a close watch on all developments in Afghanistan.


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