The Taliban on Tuesday morning announced a “general amnesty” for government officials in Afghanistan and urged them to return to work.
Meanwhile, the Indian government evacuated its embassy staff in Kabul in a special Air Force flight amid the crisis in Afghanistan. As many as 140 Indians, including last of the Indian embassy staff reportedly left the country.
Earlier on Monday, United States President Joe Biden defended his decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan. He blamed the unwillingness of the Afghan Army to fight the Taliban as a series of provincial capitals fell in rapid succession to the militant group.
His televised address came hours after thousands of desperate Afghans were seen trying to escape the Taliban takeover. They swarmed Kabul airport and some even clung to a US transport plane before takeoff. At least five people died in the chaos.
The Taliban swept into capital Kabul on Sunday and President Ashraf Ghani left Afghanistan, ending a 20-year war.