PM Modi discusses the situation in Afghanistan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level meeting on the deteriorating situation in war-torn Afghanistan at his residence in Delhi.

The Cabinet Security Committee (CCS) meeting was attended by Union Interior Minister Amit Shah, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and NSA Ajit Doval.

The Cabinet Security Committee is the main government body dealing with national security issues.

Speaking at the meeting, Prime Minister Modi also said that India should provide all possible help to its Afghan brothers and sisters seeking help in India.

Modi ordered the officials concerned to take all necessary measures to ensure the safe evacuation of the Indian nationals from Afghanistan in the coming days.

The Cabinet Security Committee (CCS) was briefed in detail on the current and evolving security and political situation in Afghanistan.

The CCS was also informed about the recent evacuations of Indian embassy officials and some members of the Indian community, as well as some members of the Indian media.

India rushed home with its ambassador and embassy staff in Kabul in a military transport plane in the wake of mounting tension, fear, and uncertainty that gripped the Afghan capital after the Taliban took the power two days ago.

The Indian Air Force C-17 Globemaster plane carrying about 150 people, including diplomats, officials, security personnel, and some stranded Indians, landed at Hindon Air Base near the national capital around 5 p.m. after a short stop at Jamnagar in Gujarat.

It is the second evacuation flight, as another C-17 plane brought in some 40 people from Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKI) in Kabul on Monday as part of India’s emergency evacuation mission that followed the coordination with the relevant authorities, including US officials dealing with security at the airport in the Afghan capital.

Hours after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled Afghanistan on Sunday, the Taliban seized control of Kabul and seized power nearly 20 years after a US-led military invasion toppled him in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

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