New Delhi: The situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating after heavy fighting between Afghan security forces and the Taliban. A total of 50 Indian nationals, including diplomats, arrived on Wednesday Mazar-i-Sharif He left and reached Delhi.
“A special flight of 50 Indians landed in New Delhi this morning,” a senior government official said. The Center said India has temporarily closed its Consulate General in Mazar-e-Sharif.
On Tuesday, the Consulate General of India in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, said on a social media platform, “A special flight is departing from Mazar-e-Sharif to New Delhi. It has been requested to leave for India. “
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The Consulate has also requested Indian citizens who wish to board a special flight to New Delhi to provide their details and location. It was the third security adviser issued by India in the last three months.
Mazar-i-Sharif is the fourth largest city in Afghanistan, with a population of over 500,000 until a few months ago. It is the capital of Balkh province and is connected by highway to Kunduz to the east, Kabul to the southeast, Herat to the southwest and Termez to the north, Uzbekistan.
The Indian Embassy in Afghanistan has advised Indian nationals to keep themselves updated on the availability of commercial flights and to make arrangements for immediate return before the flight is canceled.
The embassy also directed Indian companies operating in Afghanistan to immediately withdraw their Indian personnel from ongoing projects in the country. For Indians who are working for foreign companies, the embassy has asked them to request their employers to facilitate travel to India from the project sites.
Last month, India withdrew about 50 diplomats and security personnel from its consulate in Kandahar after fierce fighting broke out around the city between Afghan forces and Taliban fighters. Earlier, the United States and Britain also removed their citizens.
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