Afghan Woman Parliamentarian Says Not Allowed to Enter India


Rangina Kargar, a member of the now defunct Afghan parliament from Faryab province in Afghanistan. — photo: Internet

Rangina Kargar holds a diplomatic/official passport which enables her visa-free travel

Team Clarion 

NEW DELHI — An Afghan woman parliamentarian has alleged that Indian authorities deported her when she landed at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport from Istanbul, Turkey, on August 20.

According to Indian Express, Rangina Kargar who is  a member of the now defunct Afghan parliament from Faryab province, arrived at the IGI Airport on August 20 from Istanbul on a Flydubai flight days after Taliban took control of Afghanistan.

Kargar holds a diplomatic/official passport which enables her visa-free travel under a reciprocal arrangement with India, the report said.

She has previously travelled to India multiple times on the same passport but on August 20 she was told to wait by officials at the IGI Airport.

“They told me to wait till they consult their superiors,” the report quoted Kargar, who has been a parliamentarian since 2010, as saying.

After two hours she was put in the plane of the same airline and sent back to Istanbul. “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,” she told Indian Express.

She said she was not given a reason for the deportation but suspects “it was probably related to the changed political situation in Kabul, maybe security”.

Notably, two days after’s Karga’s alleged deportation, India welcomed a group of Afghan Sikhs including two parliamentarians, Narinder Singh Khalsa and Anarkali Kaur Honaryar. They arrived on an evacuation flight of the Indian Air Force from Kabul.

“Those flights were meant for Indians and Afghan Indians, not Afghans,” Kargar said.

Kargar added that she was to go back to Istanbul anyhow on August 22 after meeting the doctor as she had an appointment at 11 am at a South Delhi hospital on the day of her arrival.

“I never expected this from Gandhiji’s India. We are always friends with India, we have strategic relations with India, we have historic relations with India. But in this situation, they have treated a woman and a member of Parliament like this. They told me at the airport, sorry, we cannot do anything for you,” the parliamentarian was quoted further saying.


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