Around 200 Indians including Foreign Ministry personnel and paramilitary soldiers appointed for their protection are yet to be evacuated from Afghanistan’s capital Kabul which was under attack by the Taliban on Sunday, reported NDTV.
All commercial flights from Kabul have been cancelled due to the closure of the Afghanistan airspace. An Air India aircraft that was supposed to fly to Afghanistan to evacuate people from the captured region have now no option left other than to wait for the next call from the authorities.
Earlier in the day, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh appealed to the External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar to evacuate Indians with an immediate effect including 200 Sikhs hiding at a Gurudwara amidst the Taliban terror.
Around five people were killed at Kabul airport due to evolving chaos on August 16 witnesses added, as US troops maintained their watch over the evacuation of embassy staff a day after the Taliban captured the Afghan capital and declared the war was over with a message for peace.
However, it was not instantly clear how the casualty happened. A US official said, “troops had fired in the air to deter people trying to force their way onto a military flight that was set to take U.S diplomats and embassy staff out of the fallen city.”
Till then on August 15, Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani evaded from the country joining his fellow citizens and foreigners in a stampede. The Taliban bluntly signalled the 20-year Western experiment and challenged the restructure of Afghanistan.