Why the law Citizenship Amendment Act is “necessary”: Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on the crisis in Afghanistan

CAA provides citizenship to non-Muslim minorities from Muslim-majority countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.

New Delhi: As India continues to evacuate its nationals stranded in Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover of Kabul, Union Oil and Natural Gas Minister Hardeep Singh Puri cited the evacuations on Sunday from this war-torn country to support the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act.

“The recent developments in our volatile neighborhood and the way Sikhs and Hindus are going through a difficult time is precisely why it was necessary to enact the law amending the citizenship law,” he tweeted.

The Citizenship Amendment Act, which passed in December 2019, grants citizenship to non-Muslim minorities in Muslim-majority countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan if they have fled due to religious persecution and entered India. before 2015.

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Amid the escalation of tensions in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover, India on Sunday brought back 392 people, including two Afghan lawmakers, on three different flights as part of the evacuation mission of its nationals and Afghan partners in Kabul.

A total of 168 people, including 107 Indians and 23 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus, were flown from Kabul to Hindon Air Base near Delhi aboard an IAF C-17 heavy military transport aircraft.

Another group of 87 Indians and two Nepalese nationals were brought back on a special Air India flight from Dushanbe, a day after being evacuated to the capital of Tajikistan in an IAF 130J transport plane.

Officials added that 135 Indians, who had already been evacuated from Kabul to Doha in recent days by US and NATO planes, were repatriated from the Qatari capital to Delhi on a special flight, PTI reported.

About 590 people have been evacuated by India from Kabul since last Monday.

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