The deportation of an Afghan MP is a mistake, says the government, offers him an emergency visa

The deportation of an Afghan MP is a mistake, says the government, offers him an emergency visa

The government said on Thursday the deportation of a female member of the Afghan parliament from New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport on August 20 – it was informed by The Indian Express – was an inadvertent mistake.

He also approached Rangina Kargar, a member of the Wolesi Jirga representing Faryab province, and “apologized” for what happened. He asked him to apply for an emergency visa.

The issue was raised at an all-party meeting called by the government to brief leaders on the situation in Afghanistan.

The Indian Express reported Thursday that Kargar arrived at IGI airport early August 20 from Istanbul on a Fly Dubai flight. Although she was carrying a diplomatic / official passport that facilitates visa-free travel under a reciprocal agreement with India, the same airline sent her back to Istanbul via Dubai after she was made to wait at the airport.

Sources said Congressional leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Anand Sharma and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury raised the issue at the all-party meeting.

“Why did the MEA take such action against a veteran politician from Afghanistan who frequently travels to India and has a diplomatic passport?” the leaders asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs, S Jaishankar.

Sources said the government side responded that it was an inadvertent mistake because there was “panic” after reports that the Taliban had taken some passports with Indian visas. An alert had also sounded.

Later, Kharge told reporters: “We raised the issue of the deportation of the deputy. He (Jaishankar) said that it was a mistake and that such an incident will not happen in the future. They (the government) regretted it. “

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The government also reached out to Kargar. “JP Singh (Deputy Secretary in charge of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran at the MEA) spoke to me. He apologized for what happened and asked me to apply for an electronic emergency visa. I asked him if the official passport is no longer valid, but he did not answer. I told him that I had tried to get an electronic visa for my daughter on August 19, but there was no response to the request, ”Kargar told The Indian Express.

She said she waited 16 hours at the Delhi airport on August 20, from 6 am to 10 pm, before being put on a flight back to Istanbul via Dubai.

Before the all-party meeting, Congressional MP Manish Tewari, while tweeting the report from The Indian Express, said that he expected the Foreign Minister to explain at the meeting why the Afghan MP was deported despite having documents. valid travel. “When we need to be seen alongside the women of Afghanistan, it seems that we are in front of them. SAD, ”he posted on Twitter.

Kargar had a doctor’s appointment at a South Delhi hospital on the day of his arrival and had a return ticket on August 22 to Istanbul. She was traveling alone while her husband Fahim and their four children were in Istanbul.

Fahim Kargar is the Wolesi Jirga’s chief of staff and the family arrived in Istanbul at the end of July. Turkmen born in Mazar-e-Sharif in 1985, is not affiliated with any political party and describes herself as a women’s rights activist.

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