All Indians safe in Kabul, to be evacuated soon: Key points

NEW DELHI: India continues to carry out military evacuation operations in Kabul, a week after Taliban retook control of war-torn Afghanistan.
On Saturday, Indian Air Force’s C-130J transport aircraft airlifted over 85 Indians from the region.
The aircraft took off from Kabul in the early hours of Saturday and stopped for refuelling in Tajikistan.
India had earlier also picked up its consulate staff from Kandahar when the town was about to be taken over by the Taliban terrorists.
Here’s a look at other top developments in Afghanistan –
All Indians safe in Kabul, Taliban deny kidnapping
Taliban denied the abduction of over 150 people, mostly Indians, from an area close to the Hamid Karzai International Airport on Saturday.
The terror group’s statement came after a reliable source told media outlet, Kabul Now, that the Taliban had kidnapped over 150 people, who were awaiting evacuation.
“Our fighters will continue to demonstrate restraint,” a Taliban official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
He ruled out incidents of reported kidnappings of foreigners, but added, “We are questioning some of them before they exit the country.”
Later, Afghan media clarified that all Indian citizens were safe in Kabul and their documents were being processed for evacuation.
Taliban vow to be accountable
The Taliban will be accountable for its actions and will investigate reports of reprisals and atrocities carried out by members, an official of the Islamist militant group said on Saturday.
The official added that the group planned to ready a new model for governing Afghanistan within the next few weeks.
“We have heard of some cases of atrocities and crimes against civilians,” the official said. “If Talibs (members) are doing these law and order problems, they will be investigated.”
He added, “We can understand the panic, stress and anxiety. People think we will not be accountable, but that will not be the case.”
However, he said that the chaos at Kabul airport, besieged by thousands of people desperate to flee, was not the responsibility of the Taliban.
Taliban to unveil new Afghan government framework
Taliban’s co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar arrived in Kabul on Saturday for talks with fellow members of the group and other politicians on establishing a new Afghan government.
“Legal, religious and foreign policy experts in the Taliban aim to present the new governing framework in the next few weeks,” the official said.
Taliban killings drive chaos at Kabul airport
Reports of targeted killings in areas overrun by the Taliban has fuelled fears that they will return Afghanistan to the repressive rule they imposed when they were last in power.
Terrified that the new rulers would commit such abuses and despairing for their country’s future, thousands raced to Kabul’s airport, where chaotic scenes were witnessed.
People seeking to escape struggled to get past crushing crowds, Taliban airport checkpoints and US bureaucracy. Video images showed crowds gathered in the dark outside the barbed-wire topped walls.
Dramatic rescue of toddler in Kabul
In a dramatic video, a member of the US Marine troop rescued a baby by the arm from the crowd and pulled it over the wall at the Kabul airport.
The heart-breaking footage shows the infant being pulled up over a razor-wire topped wall, by one arm high above a crowd of Afghans seeking to enter the airport.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the Marines were told the unidentified baby was sick and were asked to help.
Armed uprising recaptures Afghan district from Taliban
Taliban terrorists lost control of Afghanistan’s Pol-e-Hesar district of northern Baghlan province after they came in conflict with armed uprising on Friday, a media report said.
However, local residents claim that two other districts Deh Salah and Qasaan have also been recaptured from the Taliban.
Former acting minister of defence Bismillah Muhammadi said, “Resisting the Taliban terrorists is our duty. Pul-e-Hesar, Deh Salah and Banu districts in Baghlan have been occupied by the resistance forces.”
Local residents claim to have killed nearly 40 Taliban terrorists and wounded at least 15. However, the Taliban have not commented on the incident yet.
Official Taliban websites go offlineabruptly
Taliban websites that delivered the victorious insurgents’ official messages to Afghans and the world at large in five languages went offline abruptly on Friday, indicating an effort to try to squelch them.
It is not immediately clear, though, why the sites in the Pashto, Urdu, Arabic, English and Dari languages went abruptly offline.
On Friday, the popular encrypted messaging service WhatsApp removed a number of Taliban groups, which tracks online extremism.
Like Facebook, YouTube considers the Taliban a terrorist organisation and prohibits it from operating accounts.
The Taliban is not on the US list of foreign terrorist organizations, but the US has imposed sanctions on it.
(With inputs from agencies)

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