Afghanistan crisis: India’s ambassador in Kabul and his staff will return home immediately, according to the Ministry of External Affairs

New Delhi:  The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Tuesday that the Indian Ambassador in Kabul and his staff will return to India immediately, citing the current situation in Afghanistan.

At the moment, the Kabul embassy is the only operational mission in the war-torn country.

In a press conference, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated that due to the current circumstances, the ambassador in Kabul and his Indian staff will relocate to India immediately.

“In light of the current situation, it has been decided that our Ambassador in Kabul and his Indian staff will relocate to India immediately,” Bagchi added in a tweet.

Meanwhile, an IAF plane flew from Kabul to India carrying the Indian ambassador and other officials as part of an emergency evacuation due to the deteriorating situation in the Afghan capital following the Taliban’s takeover, according to persons acquainted with the situation.

An Indian Air Force (IAF) C-17 heavy-lift transport aircraft returned some personnel to India on Monday, and Tuesday’s flight is the second, according to the news agency PTI.

Two days after the Taliban took power in Afghanistan, the administration established a new category of electronic visa for Afghans called the ‘e-Emergency X-Misc Visa.’

Thousands of Afghans raced into Kabul’s major airport on Monday, some so eager to flee the Taliban that they clung to a military plane as it took off and crashed to their deaths. At least seven people were killed in the turmoil, according to US officials, as America’s longest conflict ended with its adversary victorious.

The throngs gathered as the Taliban asserted control over the five-million-person metropolis following a fast sweep across the country that took just over a week to dethrone the country’s Western-backed administration.

There were no big reports of abuses or fighting, but many inhabitants remained at home, afraid after the insurgents’ march saw prisons evacuated and armouries looted.

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