Following the Taliban takeover of the country, India has continued its ongoing evacuation from Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Sunday tweeted saying this shows the necessity of the enactment of the Citizenship Amendment Act.
“Recent developments in our volatile neighborhood & the way Sikhs & Hindus are going through a harrowing time are precisely why it was necessary to enact the Citizenship Amendment Act,” Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted.
On-going Evacuation Process
A special Indian Air Force evacuation flight landed at the Hindon airbase on Sunday carrying 168 passengers. The flight included former members of Afghanistan parliament who thanked the Indian government for the evacuation.
The official spokesperson of the external affairs ministry, Arindam Bagchi, posted a video where the evacuees can be seen chanting ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ inside the aircraft.
The Controversial Citizenship Amendment Act
The Afghanistan crisis has reemerged the discussions in regards to the controversial CAA. The goal of the Citizenship Amendment Act is to provide Indian citizenship to the persecuted religious minorities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, who arrived in India before the end of December 2014.
The persecuted minorities include Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis, Jains and Christians. However, the rules under the act have not been notified yet.
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E-visa for Afghan Nationals
The Union home ministry said it will repatriate all Indians and Afghan Sikhs and Hindus. Further, the MHA has recently created a new e-visa category for Afghan nationals — mainly Hindus and Sikhs — to apply online and reviewed the visa provisions.