NEW DELHI: The Central government said that the deportation of a woman Afghan parliamentarian Rangina Kargar was a mistake and expressed their regret.
Congress leader in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said that they raised this issue in the parliament.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar conducted an all-party briefing on the issue of Afghanistan.
“This is the entire country’s problem. We have to work together for the interests of people and the nation," said Mallikarjun Kharge to the media.
The Indian government is only allowing Afghan nationals to enter the country on e-visa and Rangina Kargar did not have that.
She was deported back to Turkey through Dubai on the same flight she arrived in.
Kargar carried a diplomat passport which would grant her visa-free travel to India as per the mutual agreement between Afghanistan and India.
Indian authorities said that they will offer refuge to Hindus and Sikhs from Afghanistan. So far, two Afghan Sikh MPs, Narinder Singh Khalsa, and Anarkali Kaur Honaryar, have been welcomed in the country. They both came on evacuation flights.
Honaryar is the first Sikh woman to have entered the Afghan parliament.