India evacuating citizens from Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan
Photo taken on August 6, 2021 shows smoke rising during gunfights in Shiberghan, capital of Jawzjan Province, Afghanistan. Mohammad Jan Aria/Xinhua/IANS

India evacuating citizens from Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan

New Delhi, August 10, 2021

India is evacuating its nationals from Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan on Tuesday on a "special flight" from the country's fourth largest city as the Taliban launch another offensive.

"A special flight is leaving from Mazar-e-Sharif to New Delhi. Any Indian nationals in and around Mazar-e-Sharif are requested to leave for India in the special flight scheduled to depart late today evening," the Indian consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif said on Twitter.

It asked Indian citizens who want to leave by the special flight to submit the details like their full name and passport number to the consulate immediately. Around 1,500 Indians are currently staying in Afghanistan.

Last month India pulled out around 50 diplomats and security personnel from its consulate in Kandahar following intense clashes between Afghan forces and Taliban fighters around the city.

IANS

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