On Saturday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani talked to local leaders and international allies to help the government fight the Taliban as the armed group nears Afghanistan’s capital Kabul.
“As your president, my focus is on preventing further instability, violence, and displacement of my people,” president Ghani said in a short television interview.
Meanwhile, Taliban has accelerated its offensives and are on the outskirt of the capital city Kabul. According to the multiple reports, Taliban has captured Pul-e-Alama, a town in the vicinity of Kabul.
On Saturday, Taliban launched multi-pronged attack on Mazar-i-Sharif, a key city in northern Afghanistan as it pushes its assault to capture more and more cities and provincial capitals.
As of now, Taliban has captures 18 of 34 provincial cities of Afghanistan including Kandhar and Pul e Alam. As the armed group marches towards Kabul, countries including the United States and other EU countries have started evacuating their diplomats from the war-torn country.
India Brings Back its Officials from Afghanistan
Earlier, India too had evacuated around 50 officials and security personnel from its consulate in Kandhar. The Ministry of External Affairs said that an aircraft brought back Indian diplomats, staffs and other officials as the situation in country slipping away from Afghanistan’s hands.
“India is closely monitoring the evolving security situation in Afghanistan. The safety and security of our personnel is paramount. The Consulate General of India in Kandahar has not been closed,” he said.
MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “India is closely monitoring the evolving security situation in Afghanistan. The safety and security of our personnel is paramount. The Consulate General of India in Kandahar has not been closed.”
“However, due to the intense fighting near Kandahar city, India-based personnel have been brought back for the time being. I want to emphasise that this is a purely temporary measure until the situation stabilises. The consulate continues to operate through our local staff members”, he added.