Monday, August 16, 2021

'Ensure their safe evacuation..' Punjab CM Requests MEA To Evacuate Indians, Says '200 Sikhs Stuck In Afghan Gurudwara'

Emphasizing the need for securing the lives of all Indians in Afghanistan, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh urged the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to arrange for their evacuation. The Chief Minister also assured that his government and the Indian National Congress (INC) will extend any help needed for the evacuation. The Punjab Chief Minister's statement came as visuals of Kabul's airport filled with chaos and tension emerged on Monday morning. 

Chief Minister Singh mentioned on Twitter that about 200 Sikhs were stuck in a Gurudwara in Afghanistan after the Taliban took control of the country.

Earlier, CM Singh had warned that Afghanistan's fall to the Taliban "won't augur well" for India. Taking to his official Twitter handle, the Congress leader had opined that the change of power in the war-torn country would strengthen the Pakistan-China nexus against India. Citing that China has already sought military help on Uyghurs, he underlined that the 'signs' do not look good, and there was a need for India to stay "extra vigilant." 

Scenes of panic and chaos were observed at Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Aiport as flocked to escape the country that fell to Talibani terrorists a day before. Thousands of people are trying to flee Afghanistan at the earliest.

Meanwhile, official reports suggest that no flights can, now, operate from Kabul's airport now as the airspace has been closed. 

16/08/21 Bhavyata Kagrana/Republic World

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