Govt to evacuate Indians from Afghanistan’s Mazar-e-Sharif

Amid the Taliban’s violent attacks in Afghanistan, India on Tuesday has urged its nationals to leave from places in and around Mazar-e-Sharif in northern province of Balkh.

Indian Consulate General said that a special flight has been arranged from Mazar-e-Sharif to New Delhi which will depart on Tuesday evening.

“A special flight is leaving from Mazar-e-Sharif to New Delhi. Any Indian nationals in and around Mazar-e-Sharif are requested to leave for India in the special flight scheduled to depart late today evening,” the Indian Consulate General said.

The Indian consulate asked it’s citizens, wishing to leave by special flight to immediately convey their names and passport number.

On Monday, the Taliban forces have captured another provincial capital in the North, Aybak city, supposedly without any resistance by the Afghan defense troops.

The Taliban have further intensified attacks on Mazar-e-Sharif, Pul-e-Khumri, Faizabad and Farah. Apart from that, clashes were continuing in Lashkar Gah, Kandahar and Herat cities.

Several staff members of the Indian embassy in Kandahar were evacuated in July, due to the deteriorating security situation in the province.

Earlier, Indian government had hinted that it will bring back its nationals and officials from Afghanistan if the security situation worsens as the Taliban insurgents are making advancements and capturing more provinces.

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