Govt calls all party meeting on Afghanistan crisis on August 26

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday instructed the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to brief the floor leaders of political parties on the developments in Afghanistan since the Taliban’s takeover in the war-torn country. The government will discuss the crisis in Afghanistan with parliamentary leaders of various political parties on Thursday, August 26.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will brief the floor leaders of political parties on the present situation in Afghanistan in the in-person meeting. The government’s briefing is expected to focus on its evacuation mission from Afghanistan as well as its assessment of the situation in the war-torn country in the wake of the Taliban seizing control of almost all key Afghan towns and cities, including Kabul. “In view of developments in Afghanistan, PM @narendramodi has instructed that MEA brief Floor Leaders of political parties. Minister of Parliamentary Affairs @JoshiPralhad will be intimating further details,” Jaishankar tweeted. India is evacuating Indian citizens stranded in Afghanistan and has been allowed to operate two flights per day from Kabul. As part of its evacuation mission from Afghanistan, India has already brought back around 730 people including members of the Afghan Sikh and Hindu communities.

India on Monday brought back 146 of its nationals in four different flights from Qatar’s capital Doha, days after they were evacuated from Afghanistan by NATO and American aircraft in view of the deteriorating security situation in the war-torn country.