NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday strongly advised all its citizens living in Afghanistan to make immediate travel arrangements to return home before shutting down commercial air services from the country in view of the massive spike in violence.
In a fresh advisory, the Indian Embassy in Kabul has advised Indian companies operating in Afghanistan to immediately withdraw their Indian employees from project sites before shutting down air travel services from the country.
The embassy asked Indian nationals working for Afghan or foreign companies in Afghanistan to urgently request their employers to facilitate travel to India from project sites in view of the situation on the ground.
It said the security advisories issued on June 29 and July 24 remained valid.
“In addition, as violence escalates in many parts of Afghanistan, commercial air travel services are being suspended in many provinces and cities,” the embassy said.
“All Indian nationals arriving, residing and working in Afghanistan are strongly advised to keep themselves updated on the availability of commercial flights from different parts of Afghanistan and before the closure of commercial air services at their place of stay. Make immediate travel arrangements to return to India. Travel to Afghanistan,” it added.
According to government figures, about 1500 Indians are currently living in Afghanistan.
“Indian companies operating in Afghanistan are strongly advised to immediately evacuate their Indian employees from project sites in Afghanistan prior to the closure of air travel services,” the embassy said.
“Indian nationals working for Afghan or foreign companies in Afghanistan should immediately request their employer to facilitate travel to India from the project sites,” it said.
The embassy said that this advisory is applicable to Indian journalists who are in Afghanistan to cover the latest developments.
“It is imperative that all Indian media persons visiting/residing in Afghanistan liaise with the Public Affairs and Security Wing of the Embassy for personal briefings, including advice specific to the location they are visiting. “