NEW DELHI (Sputnik) – India intends to provide visas and shelter to Afghan refugees escaping the country amid the ongoing Taliban* offensive, a government source told Sputnik on Saturday.
“India [is] to give temporary visa and shelter to Afghan nationals who are fleeing Afghanistan due to Taliban violence”, the source said.
Violence has dramatically increased in Afghanistan since the US and its allies started pulling out their troops, resulting in the Taliban seizing vast territories and almost 20 provincial capitals.
In the last several months, local interpreters and other staff have begun facing increasing threats from the Taliban for helping foreign forces during the nearly 20-year war in Afghanistan. Washington vowed to ensure their safety, while US President Joe Biden announced relocation flights from Afghanistan for interpreters and other allies. The US has also been negotiating resettlement programmes for Afghans with third countries and signed a deal for temporary housing of up to 8,000 people with Qatar.
On Saturday, Canada said it also planned to resettle over 20,000 Afghan refugees through special immigrant programmes designed for those who assisted Canadian military efforts in Afghanistan over the growing Taliban threat.
* The Taliban is a terrorist organisations outlawed in Russia and many other countries