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Home Ministry announced six-month visas for Afghans coming to India, majority of Indians evacuated: MEA

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday in a press briefing said that the vast majority who were wishing to return have been evacuated. The MEA spokesperson, Arindam Bagchi, said that some more Indians are likely in Afghanistan, but they will soon be evacuated.

He also said that MEA was able to bring out some Afghan nationals as well as nationals from other countries. Of these numbers, he said that many were Sikhs and Hindus. Bagchi also said that India’s major focus is on evacuating Indian nationals, but India will also stand by Afghans who stood by India.

Bagchi also talked about the number of people that were evacuated recently. He said that India has evacuated over 550 people in 6 separate flights, some were from Kabul and some from Dushanbe. He also mentioned the number of India and said that over 260 were Indians. Bagchi further said that the government of India also facilitated the evacuation of Indian nationals through other agencies.

As people were facing difficulty reaching Kabul airport, Bagchi said that the last flight on August 25 had to fly without some people as around 40 people were not able to make it to the airport and thus the flight had to come without them.

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E-emergency Visas for Afghans

Arindam Bagchi also said that the MHA has announced e-emergency visas for Afghans who are coming to India. These visas will be six-month visas. He further said that the Afghans who are coming now will be here under the six-month regime.

Why was a particular Afghan National denied entry to India?

Bagchi said that after the security situation deteriorated in Afghanistan, the reports started coming in that a group of people raided one of the outsourcing agencies where Afghan passports with Indian passports were there.

Bagchi further said that all of this created confusion because of which an unfortunate incident took place in which a particular Afghan national was denied entry.

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