Afghan nationals leave Delhi for Kabul for first time after Taliban takeover

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A batch of 106 Afghan nationals left for their country from Delhi via Iran yesterday. Mahan Air has recently resumed commercial flights to Kabul. Afghan nationals took the connecting flight of the Iran-based airline to Kabul.

New Delhi: With the reopening of Kabul airport, many Afghans are returning to their homes in Afghanistan from other countries.

A batch of 106 Afghan nationals left for their country from Delhi via Iran yesterday. Mahan Air has recently resumed commercial flights to Kabul. Afghan nationals took the connecting flight of the Iran-based airline to Kabul.

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This is the first group of Afghan nationals to leave for Afghanistan from Delhi since August 15, the day the Taliban captured Kabul.

India has not started direct flight operations to Kabul. The Taliban regime recently wrote to the DGCA requesting the resumption of flights and India is yet to call for a resumption.

It is learned that the Embassy of Afghanistan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs coordinated and played a key role in sending the first batch of Afghan nationals to their country.

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A special Mahan Air flight was arranged for Delhi to evacuate the stranded citizens. Afghan citizens paid for their tickets.

Mahan Air has no regular flights from Delhi as there is not much traffic and this flight was specially arranged for evacuation.

Most of the 106 Afghan nationals are patients who came here for treatment before August 15 and have been stranded since then.

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It is also learned that some people were not having money, some had some legal and documentation issues and some had siblings and relatives.

First published:October 9, 2021, 8:12 pm

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