India flies home 329 of its nationals from Kabul

India brought back 392 people, including two Afghan lawmakers, on Sunday in three different flights as part of the mission to evacuate its nationals and Afghan partners from Kabul, which fell to Taliban on 15 August. The Indian Air Force is flying 168 passengers, including 107 Indians and 23 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus, were flown from Kabul to Hindon airbase near Delhi in a C-17 heavy-lift military transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Separately, Air India and IndiGo flights carrying Indians evacuated from Kabul landed in Delhi from Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe and Qatar’s Doha this morning. India is allowed to operate two flights per day from Kabul to evacuate its nationals in Afghanistan, news agency ANI reported quoting government sources. A spokesperson for India’s ministry of external affairs tweeted pictures of the evacuation. The Russian ambassador in Kabul has said the Taliban have asked his embassy to convey their offer of a deal to a remaining pro-government holdout in northern Afghanistan. Those airlifted were flown-in on three aircraft, including a heavy lift C-17. Air India and Indigo operated two flights via Tajikistan and Qatar. The evacuation operation is expected to continue over the coming days. Apart from workers and engineers employed at various India-backed projects, the evacuees included an infant, Iknoor Singh, the youngest to be airlifted from Kabul so far. Separately, 135 Indians, who were earlier evacuated from Kabul to Doha in the last few days by the US and NATO aircraft, were flown back from the Qatari capital city to Delhi.