Afghanistan Crisis LIVE, August 23, Monday: Evacuations from Kabul continued in full swing. With US troops in charge of the Hamid Karzai International airport, countries are scrambling to get their citizens out of Afghanistan.
Over 300 Indian citizens were airlifted from Kabul airport on three separate flights on Sunday. Another flight with more than 150 passengers is expected to land in New Delhi on Monday morning.
The Taliban said on Sunday that “hundreds” of its fighters were heading to the Panjshir Valley, one of the few parts of Afghanistan not yet controlled by the group, AFP reported.
Since the Taliban overran Afghanistan, flickers of resistance have begun to emerge with some ex-government troops gathering in the Panjshir, north of Kabul, long known as an anti-Taliban bastion.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday said that the international community should remain engaged with Afghanistan to help it come out of the current situation. During a conversation with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission Josep Borrell, Qureshi shared Pakistan’s perspective on the evolving situation in Afghanistan.
Qureshi underlined that the highest priorities remained ensuring safety and security as well as protection of the rights of all Afghans, Pakistan’s Foreign Office said in a statement. Qureshi said that the current situation in Afghanistan required sustained international engagement.