‘Sometimes it felt like I would not be able to return home’, Indians who returned from Kabul narrated painful tales

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Three private flights carrying Indian nationals from Kabul landed at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport Terminal 3 on Sunday morning. These included Air India, Vistara and Indigo. With this, more than 200 Indian citizens reached home safely. He told that the situation in Afghanistan has worsened. Everyone is scrambling to leave.

Sukhwinder Singh, who works at the US embassy in Kabul, said that there is anarchy-like situation on the streets of Kabul. All are in a hurry to leave Afghanistan. He was evacuated on the night of 14 August after the situation worsened with the intervention of an Indian Embassy official. He had been living in Doha since then. “Most of the people trapped there have been evacuated safely,” he said.

He told that he himself was in the helicopter, the video of which went viral, in which people can be seen cheering to go back home. Sukhwinder Singh, a resident of Punjab, said that after the Taliban came to power in Kabul, Afghanistan took a dangerous turn. He said, ‘At times it felt like I would not be able to return home. There was no hope left.

Asked whether he would return to Kabul for work, Sukhwinder said it would depend on how Afghanistan’s relations with the Indian government continue.

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Praveen Singh, who works at the UAE Embassy in Kabul, said he would never think of going back. The reason is that the painful and life-threatening experience they experienced there is horrifying.

Kamal Chakraborty, who worked in a private company in Kabul and returned home on Sunday, said, ‘I am happy that I have returned home safely. But, whenever I think about the situation there, I shudder just thinking about it. He said that Afghans are very helpful to Indians in Kabul. This is the time when the Indian government should also do something for them.

India like ‘second home’
At the same time, a total of 168 people, including 107 Indians and 23 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus, were also brought from Kabul to Hindon Air Force Base near Delhi by Indian Air Force’s C-19 military transport aircraft. The group included Afghan MPs Narendra Singh Khalsa and Anarkali Honrayar as well as their family members. Describing India as his ‘second home’, the Khalsa told his horrifying story when his vehicle broke away from a convoy of people being taken to Kabul airport.

“They (Taliban) separated us from others yesterday (Saturday) on our way to Kabul airport for being Afghan citizens,” Khalsa said. We ran away because small children were with us. The Kabul-based MP expressed hope that he will make arrangements to go back to his country after things get better.

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Khalsa said, ‘India is our second home. We have been living there for generations. We pray to God that Afghanistan should be rebuilt, and we can go back there and serve the people in our gurudwaras and temples.’ Regarding the situation in Afghanistan and its new rulers, Khalsa said, ‘Taliban is not a group – there are 10-12 factions. It is difficult to ascertain who is a Talibani and who is not.

We pray to God that Afghanistan is rebuilt and we can go back there and serve the people in our gurudwaras and temples.

Afghan MP Narendra Singh Khalsa

Thanks to PM Modi
Honrayar, a member of the Upper House of Afghanistan’s parliament, said in a video message, “I thank the Government of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Air Force for bringing us from Kabul and saving our lives.” Officials said all those arriving at Hindon and the Indira Gandhi International Airport in the national capital have been screened for COVID-19.

I thank the Government of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Air Force for bringing us from Kabul and saving our lives.

Honrayar, a member of the Upper House of the Parliament of Afghanistan

The wife of Afghan national Aldad Qureshi is from Kashmir. Qureshi said, ‘I have two daughters. We thank the Government of India, Modi ji, the Ministry of External Affairs and the Air Force for saving us.

Manik Mandal, who went to Afghanistan six months ago in search of livelihood, smiled and said, ‘We faced a lot of problems in Kabul, but our government saved us.’

(With inputs from IANS and language)

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