New Delhi: On Sunday (August 15), an Air India flight carrying 129 passengers from Kabul landed in Delhi.
The AI 244 took off from Kabul airport at 6:06 p.m. on Sunday (August 15), just as the Taliban had arrived in the Afghan capital and were on the verge of seizing power.
“We are monitoring the situation and will continue with our scheduled flights to Kabul for the time being,” an Air India spokesperson told IANS.
Furthermore, the official stated that the next flight to Kabul is scheduled to depart at 8.50 a.m. on Monday (August 16).
A woman on board the flight told reporters in Delhi that the world has abandoned Afghanistan, expressing her dismay at the state of affairs there. “Our friends will be killed,” she added.
Among the passengers are diplomats and security personnel assigned to the Indian Embassy in Kabul.
The situation in Afghanistan deteriorated further on Sunday, with the Taliban reportedly seizing control of Kabul. Furthermore, President Ashraf Ghani, National Security Adviser Hamdullah Muhib, and the head of President Fazel Mahmood Fazli’s administrative office left Afghanistan for Tajikistan.
Some lawmakers, including Afghan Parliament Speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani, Younus Qanuni, Muhammad Muhaqeq, Karim Khalili, Ahmad Wali Masoud, and Ahmad Zia Masoud, have fled to Islamabad, according to Afghan media.
Abdullah Abdullah, the head of the High Council for National Reconciliation, stated in a video clip that Ghani had left Afghanistan.
Since the withdrawal of US troops from the war-torn country, the Taliban has been gaining control of provinces, raising concerns around the world.
As the situation in Afghanistan deteriorated further due to intense fighting between Afghan security forces and the Taliban, several Indian nationals, including diplomats, were evacuated.