IAF's C-17 aircraft with 120 Indians from Kabul lands in Jamnagar
Kabul: Indian Air Force C-17 aircraft that took off from Kabul with more than 120 Indian officials on board landed in Gujarat's Jamnagar on Tuesday. The Government of India had decided to evacuate Ambassador in Kabul and his Indian staff immediately from Afghanistan.
On arrival, the Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan, Rudrendra Tandon, thanked IAF for evacuating Indians under challenging conditions.
Rudrendra Tandon said, " Your welcome has an impact on all of us. Thank you to the Indian Air Force who flew us out under conditions that are not normal".
Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar discussed the latest developments in Afghanistan with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The foreign affairs minister underlined the urgency of restoring airport operations in Kabul. Also, he appreciated the American efforts underway in this regard.
Reuters news agency reported that the Kabul airport’s tarmac and runway were now clear of crowds. The official said military flights evacuating diplomats and civilians from Afghanistan have started taking off. A day before panicked crowd stormed the tarmac that led to take-off of flights impossible. All commercial flights were cancelled from Hamid Karzai International Airport ensuing the chaos.
The Taliban government toppled by U.S.-backed local forces following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States is back in Afghanistan after two decades.
From 1996 to 2001, the militant group was notorious for brutally enforcing its version of sharia and suppressing religious minorities. Then, Mullah Mohammad Omar headed the group before he went into hiding after US forces toppled the Taliban. His son confirmed Mullah Mohammad Omar's death in 2013.