India may be focusing on rescuing its own nationals from Afghanistan, but among about 400 people they have airlifted are 60 Afghans including 23 Sikhs and Hindus.
A team of diplomats and defense ministry officials has been deployed at the Kabul airport by the Centre as many people are seeking help from India which includes many foreigners too.
Despite the reports that Taliban were not allowed the locals to leave, two lawmakers Anarkali Honaryar and Narender Singh Khalsa were brought out.
An Afghan woman with her daughter and two grandchildren touched down India and told ANI, “The Taliban burnt down my house. I thank India for helping us.”
“India is our second home. Even if we are Afghans and live in that country, people often call us Hindustanis. I thank India for extending its helping hand,” Khalsa told reporters, according to PTI. “I feel like crying. Everything is finished. It is a very difficult and painful decision to leave the country. Everything has been snatched away,” a visibly despondent Khalsa said. “They (Taliban) separated us from others while going to Kabul airport yesterday as we were Afghan nationals. We fled from there because small children were with us,” he said.
India continues to make efforts for the evacuation. Junior foreign minister V Muraleedharan said on Sunday that there were around 500 persons stranded in Afghanistan as per preliminary estimation and that evacuation was taking place in a flawless manner.
All that are rescued seem to be very grateful and why would they not be when the unspeakable things are happening in Afghanistan now. Nevertheless, the grief and pain is still there. People are grateful and despairing at the same time.