NEW DELHI: As the situation continues to worsen in Afghanistan, millions of citizens are continuously attempting to get out of the Taliban control.
Taliban terrorists who have already taken control of the Afghan capital of Kabul and its presidential palace said that they will not prevent people, both foreigners and Afghan nationals who want to leave.
In note of the current situation in Afghanistan, India has decided to ease out and cut short the visa application process so as to provide quick assistance to the ones in need. After reviewing visa provisions, India has introduced a new category of electronic visa called “e-Emergency X-Misc Visa” with an aim to fast-track visa applications for entry into India.
This decision is taken by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the nodal ministry to handle visa-related issues. The announcement was made on Tuesday, two days after the Taliban’s stunning and rapid takeover of Afghanistan.
In a statement made, MHA Spokesperson said that MHA has reviewed visa provisions in view of the current situation in Afghanistan and introduced ‘e-Emergency X-Misc Visa’ to fast track visa applications for entry into India.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said in a tweet on Tuesday that the government is monitoring the situation in Kabul continuously and understands the anxiety of the people needing to return to India. In this, the main challenge is the Airport operations which are under discussion with partners in regard. Along with this, he also informed that an Afghanistan cell has been developed in the External Affairs Ministry which will be used for the constant monitoring of the situation.
In his next tweet, Jaishankar said that they are in constant touch with the Hindu and Sikh community leaders in Kabul and their welfare is the government’s priority.
Apart from rescue operations by India, several other countries have also evacuated their diplomatic personnel and citizens from the country. People in Afghanistan have gathered in large numbers in Kabul airport as they want to grab every possible opportunity to run away from their home country.