Woman MP of Afghanistan has said she was deported from New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, five days after the fall of Kabul to the Taliban following US army withdrawal.
Rangina Kargar, a member of the Wolesi Jirga where she represents the Faryab province in the Afghanistan parliament.
She holds a diplomatic/official passport which facilitates visa-free travel under a reciprocal arrangement with India and has been in the country several times.
But she was deported back to Istanbul via Dubai. This was also after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankarstated that India would preserve its historical relationship with Afghanistan.
She said that he stopped by the immigration officials in New Delhi airport, saying that they have to consult the officials. Later, she was deported through the same flight.
“They deported me, I was treated as a criminal. I was not given my passport in Dubai. It was given back to me only in Istanbul,” said the 36-year-old.
She added that she hopes Afghan women and children will be given the support they need as they are vulnerable to the Taliban's dictatorship.
Indian authorities said that they will offer refuge to Hindus and Sikhs from Afghanistan.
India welcomed two Afghan Sikh MPs, Narinder Singh Khalsa and Anarkali Kaur Honaryar, who both came in evacuation flights.
Honaryar is the first Sikh woman to have entered the Afghan parliament.