Afghan MP says she was deported to Istanbul after arriving at Delhi airport

Posted on August 26, 2021, 11:54 am
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DELHI: An Afghan woman MP has claimed that she was deported from New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport on August 20 and was ‘treated like a criminal’ in India.

Rangina Kargar who represents the Faryab province in Afghanistan flew to India from Istanbul and had an appointment at 11 am at a South Delhi hospital. Her return ticket was on August 22 to Istanbul. She holds a diplomatic/official passport which facilitates visa-free travel under a reciprocal arrangement with India.

However, she was not allowed to step out of immigration and was later sent back to Istanbul via Dubai on the same airline.

While speaking to the Indian Express, Rangina Kargar said, “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. I never expected this from Gandhiji’s India. We are always friends with India, we have strategic relations with India.”

Meanwhile, India evacuated two Afghan Sikh MPS, Narinder Singh Khalsa and Anarkali Kaur Honaryar who arrived in India on evacuation flights.

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