Afghanistan Crisis LIVE, August 22, Sunday: 87 Indians were safely evacuated from the war-torn country Afghanistan and have been brought back to Delhi in a special Air India flight from Kabul early on Sunday
The stranded Indians were first taken to Tajikistan capital Dushanbe from Kabul on board a military transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force and the group was brought back to Delhi in the early hours on Sunday, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi informed.
Arindam Bagchi tweeted that two Nepalese citizens are also coming to India on board the Air India flight. “Bringing Indians home from Afghanistan! AI 1956 carrying 87 Indians departs from Tajikistan for New Delhi. Two Nepalese nationals also evacuated. Assisted and supported by our Embassy @IndEmbDushanbe. More evacuation flights to follow,” Bagchi tweeted at around 1:20 am.
Taliban officials on Saturday issued their first ‘fatwa’ in Afghanistan, banning co-education in government and private universities in the restive Herat province, describing it as the ‘root of all evils in society’ validating fears that the country will undergo major ‘regressive’ changes despite their promises.
The announcement comes as the terror group vowed to respect women’s rights in Afghanistan. The decision was taken after a meeting between varsity professors, owners of private institutions, and Taliban authorities, Khaama Press News Agency reported on Saturday.