Union Home Minister Hardeep Singh Puri commented on the situation of Afghanistan and mentioned the enactment of the Citizenship Amendment Act is necessary.
The comment was a follow up on the news of a particular Indian Air Force (IAF) ferrying around a hundred and sixty-eight people safely landed in Ghaziabad Hindon airbase after evacuating the Indian citizens in Kabul.
He commented that the recent volatile developments in India’s neighbourhood and the mistreatment of Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan is the reason they introduced Citizenship Amendment Act.
He shared this comment on his Twitter handle alongside an article written by The Indian Express. In its ongoing rescue mission, India has evacuated around three hundred and ninety-two people of Afghanistan alongside twenty-eight Afghan nationals and two lawmakers due to the increased hostility of the Taliban against the citizens.
The Indian government has promised to help the Hindu and Sikh citizens of Afghanistan. Earlier, Minister Hardeep Singh Suri had stated that the Ministry of Affairs had informed him that they rescued around two hundred and twenty-two Sikhs and Hindus from Afghanistan. He prayed for their safety.
On August 16, after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan. The Ministry of External Affairs released a notice stating that they are constantly in touch with the Afghan, Sikh and Hindu community representatives.
They noted an option will be enabled for the repatriation of people that wish to leave Afghanistan. The Ministry stated that Afghanistan had been a partner of India in various development, educational endeavours.
India will stand by the people of Afghanistan. The Minister of External Affairs, Dr S Jaishankar, also tweeted the response.
On August 17, India issued an emergency e-visa to the Afghan nationals. Regardless of their religion, residents who want to live in India can apply for an emergency e-visa.
The e-Emergency X-Misc Visa can be applied online, and the Ministry of Home Affairs will review the visas to fast track the entry of Afghan Nationals in India. The visa will be valid initially for six months.
The Citizenship Amendment Act came into force on January 10, 2020. The act provides Indian citizenship to non-Muslim minorities from Muslim majority countries neighbouring India, including Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, who arrived in India before December 2014.
The national capital of India had seen widespread protest over the implementation of the act. The dissenters alleged that the bill introduced by the Home Minister had a communal angle. They also accused the act to be unsecular, divisive and unconstitutional.