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NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday advised its citizens in violence-hit Afghanistan to make immediate travel arrangements to return home before commercial air services are discontinued.
“As violence in many parts of Afghanistan has escalated, commercial air travel services to many provinces and cities are getting discontinued. All Indian nationals visiting, staying and working in Afghanistan are strongly advised to keep themselves updated on the availability of commercial flights and make immediate arrangements to return to India before air services are discontinued,” said a statement released by the Indian consulate in Afghanistan
The advisory comes amid escalating violence in Afghanistan with Taliban forces taking control of several provinces.

Earlier today, the government had urged all Indian nationals living in and around Afghanistan’s Mazar-e-Sharif to urgently leave for India amid reports of Taliban militants preparing to launch an attack to capture the city.

“A special flight is leaving from Mazar-e-Sharif to New Delhi. Any Indian nationals in and around Mazar-e-Sharif are requested to leave for India in the special flight scheduled to depart late today evening, the Indian Consulate General of India, Mazar-e-Sharif said in a Twitter post.
“Indian citizens desiring to leave by special flight should immediately convey their full name, passport number, date of expiry by whatsapp at the following numbers: 0785891303, 0785891301.” said another tweet by the Indian Consulate General, Mazar-e-Sharif.
The Taliban have taken control of six Afghan provincial capitals till Tuesday after a blitz across the north that forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes for the relative safety of Kabul and other centres.
The insurgents now have their eyes on Mazar-e-Sharif, the biggest city in the north, whose fall would signal the total collapse of government control in a region that has traditionally been anti-Taliban.

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