Indian ambassador, embassy staff flee Afghanistan

By: News Desk      Published: 09:09 AM, 17 Aug, 2021
Indian ambassador, embassy staff flee Afghanistan
Ambassador of India to the United Nations TS Tirumurti (C) speaks with Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya during a UN Security Council meeting on Afghanistan.–AFP

An Indian Air Force C-17 aircraft has taken off from Kabul with more than 120 Indian officials in it.

The Indian ambassador and embassy staff was brought inside the secure areas of the Kabul airport safely, late Monday evening and were bundled into the Indian plane on Tuesday morning, reported Indian news agency ANI citing sources.

Earlier, Indian Ministry of External Affairs said that India’s ambassador in Kabul and his Indian staff will move to India immediately taking into account the prevailing circumstances in Afghanistan.

The Kabul embassy is the only working mission in the country at present.

India has also announced a new category of electronic visa called ‘e-Emergency X-Misc Visa’ for Afghans, two days after the Taliban captured power in Afghanistan.

At least seven people have been killed at the Kabul airport in an attempt to clung to a US Air Force plane to escape Taliban rule, following the toppling of the government led by President Ashraf Ghani

The Taliban have seized power in Afghanistan after the US-backed Afghan government collapsed and President Ghani fled the country, bringing an unprecedented end to a two-decade campaign in which the US and its allies had tried to transform the war-ravaged nation.

In a Facebook post, Ghani said he had left the country to avoid clashes with the Taliban that would

Endanger millions of residents of Kabul. He reportedly fled from Kabul with four cars and a helicopter full of cash, Russias state news agency RIA Novosti has reported.

The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs has introduced a new category of electronic visa called “e-Emergency X-Misc Visa” for Afghans to fast-track visa applications for entry into India. "MHA reviews visa provisions in view of the current situation in Afghanistan. A new category of electronic visa called “e-Emergency X-Misc Visa” introduced to fast-track visa applications for entry into India," the ministry has tweeted today.

Afghan embassy in India berates ‘traitor’ Ghani in deleted tweet

In a now-deleted tweet, the Afghan embassy in India berated former Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani who fled to neighbouring Tajikistan Sunday night, after the insurgent group Taliban entered the Afghan capital of Kabul and effectively took over the country.

The embassy’s tweet read: “We are all banging our heads in shame. Ghani Baba @ashrafghani fled with his crooks. He screwed and f***ed everything up. We apologize to everyone for serving the fugitive. May Allah punish the traitor! His legacy will be a stain on our history.”

  The embassy also tagged the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen and Afghanistan’s Presidential Office in the tweet. The tweet was shared over 700 times before being deleted.

About 15 hours later, Abdulhaq Azad, press secretary to the Afghan Embassy in India, said the embassy’s official Twitter handle was hacked.

“I have lost access to Twitter handle of @AfghanistanInIN, a friend sent screen shot of this tweet, (this tweet is hidden from me.) I have tried to log in but can’t access. Seems it is hacked,” he said.