An Indian Air Force (IAF) C-17 Globemaster aircraft landed in Kabul around 5 pm on Monday to bring back Indians stranded in the country, including embassy staff.
The aircraft had to land in Tajikistan on Monday morning due to the chaos at Kabul airport. It was only able to make its way to Kabul once the American forces were able to regain control of the airfield.
While Kabul airport halted operations for civilian flights on Monday, US and NATO forces continue to facilitate military evacuations in Kabul.
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Some reports suggest that there are 500 Indians, including embassy staff and ITBP personnel, who are still stranded in Afghanistan.
Sources told India Today that a high-level meeting is to be held in New Delhi on Monday evening to discuss the future course of action for India’s mission in Afghanistan.
On Thursday, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi had said that there were “no plans” to evacuate staff from Kabul, India’s only remaining mission in Afghanistan.