Thursday, August 12, 2021

Afghanistan developments may have Indian airlines changing course

The Taliban captured its 10th provincial capital near Kabul on Thursday, in a week-long blitz across Afghanistan. A day ago, India brought back about 50 of its officials and citizens living in and around Mazar-e-Sharif as the battle between Afghan National Defence and Security Forces and the Taliban intensified.

“As violence in many parts of Afghanistan has escalated, commercial air travel services to many provinces and cities are getting discontinued,” the Embassy of India in Kabul noted in its latest security advisory issued on Tuesday. “All Indian nationals visiting, staying and working in Afghanistan are strongly advised to keep themselves updated on the availability of commercial flights from various parts of Afghanistan and make immediate travel arrangements to return to India before commercial air services are discontinued to their place of stay or visit in Afghanistan.”

As far as India is concerned, he said New Delhi has mentioned very clearly that “we want to see an independent, peaceful, democratic and a stable Afghanistan. India has supported every opportunity that can bring peace, security and stability inAfghanistan." India snapped its diplomatic relations with Afghanistan after the Taliban wrested power in Kabul in 1996. New Delhi re-established its diplomatic relations with Kabul after the Taliban was removed from power and an interim government led by President Hamid Karzai took office in December 2001.

With the violence escalating in the middle-eastern country, if things do not settle down, India's ties with the country might drastically change.

The Air Services Agreement (ASA) between India and Afghanistan saw Air India and SpiceJet fly between Kabul and New Delhi. Meanwhile, Afghanistan airlines connected New Delhi with Kabul, Kandahar, Mazar-e-Sharif and Herat. With the battle intensifying, even fewer airlines and lessors may allow their aircraft to operate there.

12/08/21 Deccan Herald

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