Operation Devi Shakti: Thousands of Afghans have gathered around Kabul airport for almost a week in an attempt to flee the country for fear of Taliban atrocities. India is conducting evacuation missions in coordination with the United States and many other countries.
India on Tuesday named a move to evacuate its civilians from war-torn Afghanistan. Foreign Minister S Jaishankar called it ‘Operation Devi Shakti’ and saluted the efforts of the Indian Air Force and Air India.
His tweet came hours after 78 people, including 25 Indians, were flown to New Delhi from Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on an Air India flight on Tuesday. They were flown to Dushanbe by an Indian Air Force (IAF) plane a day earlier from Taliban-controlled Kabul.
Three copies (Swaroop) of the Sikh holy book Guru Granth Sahib were also returned, which were received by Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. He thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking supportive measures from Afghanistan and said the government was in constant touch with the rest of the people there.
ਵਿਚਿ ਕਰਤਾ ਪੁਰਖੁ ਖਲੋਆ ||— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) August 24, 2021
ਵਾਲੁ ਨ ਵਿੰਗਾ ਹੋਆ ||
धन्य हैं गुरु के सिख, सरदार हिम्मत सिंह, सरदार कुलराज सिंह और सरदार धर्मेंद्र सिंह जी जिनके द्वारा काबुल से लाये गए गुरु ग्रन्थ साहिब जी के तीन पवित्र स्वरूपों का दिल्ली में आगमन हुआ |
गुरु साहिब हमेशा अपने सिखों पर कृपा बनाये रखें। pic.twitter.com/MTgYYtciwM
“I would like to start by thanking the Prime Minister for providing these rescue operations to bring our brothers (Afghanistan) there who are in dire straits,” Puri said.
“I would like to congratulate the Ministry of External Affairs, Minister of External Affairs (EAM) S Jaishankar, and Minister of State for External Affairs V Muralitharan for implementing this,” he said.
On Monday, India evacuated 75 Sikhs amid deteriorating conditions in Afghanistan.
India has evacuated more than 800 people since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan. About 200 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus are still trapped in Afghanistan. Puneet Singh Chandhok, president of the Indian World Forum, which is coordinating evacuation efforts with the Ministry of External Affairs and the IAF, said the men were sheltered at the Karte Parwan Gurdwara in Kabul, close to the airport.
Tens of thousands of Afghans have gathered around Kabul airport for almost a week in an attempt to flee the country for fear of Taliban atrocities.
India is conducting evacuation missions in coordination with the United States and many other countries.