Afghanistan-Taliban conflict: Afghan nationals reach Delhi on special flight

Air India flight AI244 carrying 129 passengers from Afghanistan's capital Kabul landed in Delhi on Sunday

By Rajan Nath - August 16, 2021 9:08 am

Afghanistan Taliban conflict: Afghan nationals, who arrived in Delhi on an Air India flight from Kabul on Sunday, expressed concerns about the safety and security of people back home, saying the situation is 'really bad' in Afghanistan.

Air India flight AI244 carrying 129 passengers from Afghanistan's capital Kabul landed in Delhi on Sunday. A woman who arrived in Delhi from Kabul broke down at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. "I cannot believe the world abandoned Afghanistan. Our friends are going to get killed. Taliban are going to kill us. Our women are not going to have any more rights," she said.

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Many Afghan students who study in India arrived in Delhi on Sunday by Air India flight from Kabul. "People were rushing to banks. I did not see any violence but I cannot say that there was no violence. My family is in Afghanistan. My flight was pre-planned. Many people left Kabul," Abdullah Masudi, a BBA student of Bengaluru, who arrived in Delhi from Kabul said.

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"There is calm in most parts of Afghanistan. Almost all political persons like ministers have left Kabul. Around 200 people have come to Delhi. I feel this is new Taliban that will allow women to work," said Rizwanullah Ahmadzai, senior advisor to Afghan President in Public Health Affairs who arrived in Delhi.

Afghan MP Abdul Qadir Zazai who also arrived in Delhi on Sunday said Pakistan is one of the close supporters of the Taliban.

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"There was a peace agreement between the Afghan government and the Taliban. It was just a handover process. Now the situation is calm in Kabul. Pakistan is one of the close supporters of the Taliban. My family is still in Kabul," Zazai said.

Member of Parliament from Paktia province in Afghanistan, Sayed Hassan Paktiawal who reached Delhi said the situation in the country is very bad. "I do not want to leave the country. I came here for a meeting. I will go back to Afganistan. The situation is really bad there, especially tonight is really bad," he said.

-PTC News

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