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IAF flight with evacuated Indians from Kabul land in Delhi Afghanistan crisis
Image Credit: Arindam Bagchi Twitter

IAF flight with evacuated Indians from Kabul land in Delhi

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 22 Aug 2021, 11:54 am

New Delhi/IBNS: A special repatriation flight by the Indian Air Force, carrying 168 passengers, including 107 Indians, from Kabul in the war-torn Afghanistan landed at the Hindon air base near Delhi.

Three other flights - Air India, IndiGo and Vistara - carrying Indians evacuated from Kabul also landed in Delhi from Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe and Qatar's Doha this morning.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi posted pictures of the evacuation efforts on Twitter.

India also evacuated two Nepalese nationals, who were stranded in Afghanistan.

The permission was granted by American and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces which have been controlling operations of the Hamid Karzai International Airport after the Taliban took control of Kabul on Aug 15.

In a string of tweets earlier, Bagchi posted details of the evacuation efforts by Air India and IndiGo flights.

He also posted a short video clip where the evacuees can be seen chanting "Bharat Mata Ki Jai", adding more evacuation flights will follow.

Earlier, the government on Tuesday said it is committed to the safe return of all Indians in Afghanistan and is also extending visa services to Afghan nationals.

India has evacuated all embassy staff but an estimated 1,000 citizens remain in several Afghan cities.