India says in touch with Afghan Sikhs, Hindus

India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi today said that the situation in Kabul has “deteriorated significantly” in the last few days.

“We’ve been issuing periodic advisories for the safety and security of Indian nationals, including calling for their immediate return to India,” he told reporters.

“We are in touch with representatives of Afghan Sikh, Hindu communities…will facilitate those who want to leave Afghanistan,” India said.

Bagchi added, “There are also a number of Afghans who have been our partners in the promotion of our mutual developmental, educational and people-to-people endeavours. We will stand by them.”

The Taliban has declared the war in Afghanistan over after its fighters swept into the capital, Kabul, and President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.

Victorious Taliban armed group patrolled the streets of Kabul on Monday as thousands of Afghans mobbed the city’s airport trying to flee the Islamic group’s feared hardline brand of rule.