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All-party meeting today after the opposition asked the Center’s statement on the Afghan crisis

External Affairs Minister of India S Jaishankar will brief the leaders on the Afghanistan crisis. The condition of Afghans in the war-ravaged country since the Taliban came to power has been heart-wrenching.

The Center has called an all-party meeting on Thursday morning to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. The decision to call an all-party meeting came after opposition parties raised questions on the Centre. The Center is set to hold an all-party meeting as the opposition seeks a statement on the Afghanistan crisis. Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and LOP in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge will also attend the meeting. The meeting is taking place at a time when the Indian government is evacuating people from Afghanistan as the Taliban have entered the Afghan capital. Further, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri revealed that India has evacuated 626 people, including 228 Indian nationals, from Afghanistan till Tuesday. Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi asked the Ministry of External Affairs to brief floor leaders on the recent developments in Afghanistan.

Narendra Modi had also presided over the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security. He directed all the concerned authorities to take all necessary measures to ensure the safe evacuation of Indian nationals from Afghanistan in the next few days. The Home Ministry also announced that all Afghans, regardless of their religion, can apply online for an ‘e-emergency ex-diverse visa’. Officials said, since Indian missions in Afghanistan are closed, visas can be applied online and applications will be scrutinized and processed in India’s national capital.

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