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Around 100 Indian Diplomats, RAW officials evacuated from Afghanistan as Taliban Intensifies attacks. Sources said that 50 Indians were flown to New Delhi in an Indian Air Force plane on Saturday. “Local staff are still on the mission. But, for all practical purposes, the consulate is temporarily shut,” the sources said.
Taliban forces on Friday penetrated Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second-largest city, in a new phase of a sweeping insurgent offensive that has captured territory across the country since May 1, when U.S. forces began withdrawing.
Sources said that Indian officials and security forces flee from Kandhar in the dark night but indian authorities decided to abondon 33 personal of Balochistan Liberation Army caders working in Indian kandhar consulate, who are now at mercy of Taliban.
The decision comes a day after the Ministry of External Affairs said the embassies are not shut but the administration is monitoring the situation carefully and will take a call accordingly.
In his weekly briefing on Thursday, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “You would have seen the clarification issued by our Embassy in Kabul earlier this week, that our Embassy in Kabul and Consulates in Kandahar and Mazar-e-Sharif are functional. We are, however, carefully monitoring the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and its implications on the safety and security of Indian nationals in Afghanistan. Our response will be calibrated accordingly.”
The Indian consulate in Kandahar consisted of Indian diplomats and support staff and guards from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
Meanwhile, Bagchi has said that the Consulate General of India in Kandahar has not been closed. “However, due to the intense fighting near Kandahar city, India-based personnel have been brought back for the time being,” he said.Follow us: