Escorted by Taliban: India's midnight evacuation from Afghanistan
KABUL: Outside the main iron gate of the Indian embassy in Kabul, a group of Taliban fighters waited -- armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers.
Inside the compound were 150 Indian diplomats and nationals -- growing increasingly nervous as they watched news of the Taliban tightening their grip on the capital, which they took a day earlier without a fight.
Their position was a precarious one.
Pakistan has long been the Taliban's biggest supporter, using the country for so-called strategic depth in never-ending battles -- real and diplomatic -- with arch-rival India.
India in turn, strongly backed the go nment that took over when the Taliban were ousted, earning them hatred and enmity from the hardline Is mist group.
But the Taliban fighters outside the Indian embassy weren't there to extract revenge, but rather to escort them to Kabul airport, where a military aircraft was on standby to evacuate them after New Delhi decided to shut its mission.
This is really a great job by Mr Jayashankar, James Bond Doval and King Modi
Dhivya Gad Pulcorner
Newspaper socialists shouldn't glorify the Taliban and their associates LeT, etc. Remember Khandhar air hijack was carried out in Afghanistan
Why are they called fighter and not te rorts
Some of the sickulars need to spend a week in Taliban territory. Then when they get back they too will say India is paradise.
Great job by Indian authorities to evacuate our personnels.
International pressure is making the Taliban behave otherwise these same Indians would have been done to death either by torture or hail of bullets though the women would have been taken captive for obvious reasons. How does one civilize re gious barbarians? The future of Afghanistan is in great peril because the Taliban are not exactly a unified lot
After Biden's fiasco,, all the librandoos who were earlier pip him up ag inst Trump during ions, and danced over Biden's victory, have all scurried to their rat holes.
Had Trump done this fiasco, these librandoos would have mercilessly flayed him. Now they are just watching from their rat holes.
laugh it out brother
Modiji is making things happen be it Sudan, Yemen or now Afganistan.
India is paradise
YOUR GOVERNMENT SAVED YOU ALL. SOME IN INDIA ARE ALREADY NOT HAPPY WITH YOUR SAFE RETURN
Excellent job by Jaishankar and foreign ministry. India has very capable person in po itical and bureaucracy to manage tough situation.
We are lucky that we have Modi govt in center otherwise this would not have been possible as per pas history.
Srinivas Rao Kaniti
Petrol dirt ch , still people fleeing Afghanistan.
If Taliban can conduct a press conference and interact with Media then why can't Modi.
Go and enjoy with Taliban. They require imbecile people.
A soft face of Taliban-trying to improve their reputation as cruel medieval Is mist hardliners.
Dr. Carmo Costa-Viegas
The Taliban have simply had their character sullied by NATO . They have fought hard for decades for a Country which is theirs.It was extremely nice of them to escort our personel.
If Pakis involve Talibanis in fomenting trouble in Kashmir, that should be the cue for India' to take over the whole of POK-GB, as well as some additional area to serve as a buffer zone of conflicts with them. Later, if peace prevails, make that zone a no-man's zone.
India is thankful to Modiji and his team making things possible despite difficult times
This Taliban looks like it is different from the earlier. Talking at Doha made difference. I think Indian Govt. should engage them directly