India evacuates staff from Kandahar consulate as Taliban advance into city | India News

NEW DELHI: India evacuated all its India-based personnel from Kandahar on Saturday night by particular flight, as Taliban superior into the town, amidst combating and violence.
The Indian mission is now manned solely by the native Afghan employees who work for the Indian authorities.
In the interim, the Mazar-e-Sharif consulate remains to be open, and with Indian personnel, however that is probably not for too lengthy because the Taliban sweep by the western a part of Afghanistan. The Kabul embassy is the one one that’s nonetheless totally purposeful with Indian personnel.
The Indian ambassador to Afghanistan, Rudrendra Tandon mentioned the deteriorating safety state of affairs with the brand new Afghan protection minister Bismillah Khan Mohammedi earlier this week. The Indian authorities on Thursday indicated that they had been watching the state of affairs “fastidiously” — and pulled out Indians on Saturday.
India had already closed down its missions in Jalalabad and Herat in 2020, citing Covid, nevertheless it was clear that the safety state of affairs had performed an element.
Regardless of some overly optimistic assessments by the departing US army forces, the Afghan authorities safety forces are collapsing with barely a battle.
The Taliban too are taking part in a wiser recreation this time — by controlling and shutting off the northern borders in addition to on the Iranian aspect — to stop the expansion of any Northern Alliance-like formation to problem them.
Safety sources right here don’t give Afghanistan quite a lot of weeks, earlier than Taliban management the entire nation. At this level, the Islamist group management over 85 per cent of Afghanistan. Most different international locations, from Australia to China in addition to the NATO international locations have all pulled out their personnel.
The Afghan Taliban has activated its conventional help from amongst Pakistan’s terror teams like Lashkar-e-Taiba. A number of IDs of Pakistan safety forces have additionally been discovered, indicating they’re combating alongside the Taliban.

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