Chairing a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on the crisis in Afghanistan in the wake of the Taliban takeover, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told officials to ensure safe evacuation of all Indian nationals, provide refuge to Sikh and Hindu minorities wanting to come to India and provide all possible help to Afghanistan citizens looking for assistance from India.
Among those part of the meeting were Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Ambassador Rudrendra Tandon were also part of the CCS meeting.
"India must not only protect our citizens, but we must also provide refuge to Sikh and Hindu minorities who want to come to India and we must also provide all possible help to our Afghan brothers and sisters who are looking towards India for assistance," PM Modi was quoted as saying by a senior official, reported news agency ANI.
Chaos in Afghanistan
The CCS was briefed in detail on the current and evolving security and political situation in Afghanistan, as well as on the recent evacuations of Indian Embassy officials, some members of the Indian community and members of the Indian media, government sources cited by ANI said.
The Taliban took control of Afghanistan on Sunday as President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and conceded that the insurgents had won the 20-year war.
Following the withdrawal of a majority of US troops on 1 May, Taliban advanced rapidly in the country, capturing city after city.
Earlier on Tuesday, Indian officials evacuated from Kabul had landed in Gujarat's Jamnagar. The first IAF C-17 aircraft with 45 personnel had returned to India on Monday.
(With inputs from ANI.)