Recently there has been an update in which around 150 people have been kidnapped by Taliban fighters, many of whom are believed to be Indian citizens. According to local media reports, the Ministry of External Affairs is trying to confirm the development and has yet to comment at this time.
The hijacking comes hours after an Indian Air Force rescue aircraft- C130J carrying Indian nationals took off from Afghanistan on Saturday. Sources said the plane landed safely in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. IAF C130J aircraft has landed in Tajikistan for refueling. The central government is making coordinated efforts to bring back the citizens safely. After capturing the capital Kabul earlier this week, the Indian Air Force operated two C-17 Globemaster flights and brought back around 180 officers, ITBP staff and some journalists after getting clearance from the US military at the airport there. .
In earlier rescue operations, Indian Air Force C-17 aircraft evacuated more than 140 passengers from Kabul. The flight landed at Hindon airbase near the national capital at around 5 pm after a brief halt at Jamnagar in Gujarat. Earlier, Air India AI243 flight evacuated 129 passengers from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. The IAF had also evacuated 50 Indian consulate staff and security personnel from Mazar-e-Sharif a few days before the city was captured by the Taliban. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has commented on the efforts that India is working with international partners, mainly the US, to bring back home Indian nationals stranded in Afghanistan.