New Delhi: According to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), a special flight of Indian Air India on Tuesday brought 25 Indian nationals from Dushanbe, Tajikistan and people with copies of Sri Guru Granth Sahib to New Delhi. Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, State Minister for External Affairs V Muralitharan and BJP leader RP Singh will take the form of Shri Guru Granth Sahib at the Delhi airport.
He was flown a day earlier on an Indian Air Force (IAF) plane from Taliban-controlled Kabul to Dushanbe. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted, “Air India is carrying 78 passengers, including 25 Indians, on its way from Dushanbe to Delhi to return safely from Afghanistan.”
Bagchi also posted a short clip of the passengers on the flight chanting Waheguru Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ki Fateh.
India is expected to evacuate many more people from Kabul, including its own citizens, dozens of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus. Amid deteriorating situation in war-torn Afghanistan, Indian officials on Monday evacuated five Sikhs.
Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted, “Three copies of Guru Granth Sahib, five people including Afghans, Afghans, Sikhs and Hindus will also be evacuated from Afghanistan on an Indian Air Force plane. Three Sri Guru Granth Sahibs are being taken on an Indian Air Force plane at Kabul Airport.” .Afghan John Afghan Hindu and Sikh Blessed to return with Indian nationals stranded on the same flight.
Puneet Singh Chandok, president of the Indian World Forum, said about 200 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus were still trapped in Afghanistan. “These people have taken refuge in the Karta Parwan Gurudwara in Kabul,” he told PTI.
On Sunday, India evacuated about 5,440 people, including 755 of its citizens, on multiple flights from Kabul, Dushanbe and Doha. Within two days of the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, about 200 people, including diplomats, officials, security personnel and some Indian nationals stationed at the Indian embassy, were evacuated.