Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday, called a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security in regards to the deteriorating situation in the neighboring country of Afghanistan.
The meeting was attended by Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and NSA Ajit Doval to name a few. The meeting comes at a time when things are worsening with each passing day in Afghanistan. According to reports, the CCE was briefed with the details on the prevailing security and political situation in Afghanistan. The meeting was also attended by Cabinet Secretary Rajeev Gauba, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and India’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Rudrendra Tandon, who returned from war-torn country.
The Prime Minister directed the officials to make all the necessary preparations to ensure safe evacuation of Indian citizens from Afghanistan.
Sources in the media reported that Prime Minister in the meeting said “India must not only protect our citizens, but it also our duty to provide refuge to those Hindu and Sikh minorities who wants to come to India, and we must also provide all possible help to our Afghan brothers and sisters who are looking towards India for assistance.”
An Indian Air Force aircraft, on Tuesday, evacuated around 150 Indian Nationals from Afghanistan which included diplomats, officials and security personnels and some stranded Indians. Another flight had evacuated around 40 staffers from the capital, Kabul on Monday. PM Modi is said to be closely monitoring the situation in the war-torn land and has been in constant touch with the concerned people.
The EAM earlier in a tweet said that it was a difficult and complicated exercise to ensure safe and smooth movement of the Indian Ambassador and the Embassy staff.
Earlier, the External Affairs Minister of India, Dr S Jaishankar tweeted a helpline number to gather information regarding people stuck in Kabul and as per reports nearly 1650 people have applied to return to India.
Top sources in the PMO said, It is a wait and watch situation for us as India won’t be the first or the last country in the world to recognise the new framework.
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