This is the moment a plane evacuating dozens of Indian passengers from Afghanistan erupted into cheers of elation.
Hundreds of Indian nationals were rescued from Kabul over the weekend as tensions in the Afghan capital mounted amid the Taliban takeover.
In a video shared online, a man onboard a packed flight can be seen leading a chant and raising his fist in the air – with 86 of his compatriots, and two Nepalese passengers, following suit.
‘Bringing Indians home from Afghanistan!,’ Arindam Bagchi, the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson, tweeted Saturday.
The passengers had earlier been evacuated from Kabul by an IAF aircraft before landing in neighbouring Tajikistan to catch a connecting flight to New Delhi
One man (pictured in blue T-shirt) can be seen leading a chant on the flight from Tajikistan to New Delhi
The passengers had earlier been evacuated from Kabul by an IAF aircraft before landing in neighbouring Tajikistan to catch a connecting flight to New Delhi.
At least a further 146 Indian nationals were repatriated on Sunday.
It came as one doctor from the Southeast Asian country was still struggling to escape – along with 280 others.
Dr Mudasir Ahmed shared a video from outside Hamid Karzai International Airport, claiming they had no contact from any officials who could let them inside.
He says in the clip: ‘We are 280 people stranded here outside and heavy firing is going on.
‘We are not sure what to do next because there is no communication…totally black, everybody is blind, everybody is clueless about what to do next.
‘There are thousands, tens of thousands of people marching towards the airport, so it is next to impossible to enter the airport … without any support of the government.’
Instead the group were forced to remain outside the walls of the travel hub inside a bus.
In the two-minute clip, gunfire can be heard in the background while members of the Taliban are seen patrolling the area.
In the two-minute clip, gunfire can be heard in the background while members of the Taliban are seen patrolling the area
Dr Mudasir Ahmed (pictured) shared a video from outside Hamid Karzai International Airport, claiming he and 280 others had no contact from any officials who could let them inside
Dr Ahmed adds: ‘Every country has their own security officials who are taking them inside the airport.
‘But we are all here without any security personnel so they are not allowing us inside the airport.’
He then begs his ambassador to help them so they do not have to suffer life under Taliban rule.
Panning the camera round, queues of people can be seen camped outside the airport walls.
It is not clear if he was among the 87 Indian nationals who were evacuated from the airport over the weekend.
It comes as a British man stuck in Afghanistan was today filmed waving a UK passport while pleading with Boris Johnson: ‘Get me and my kids out of here’.
Speaking with a strong northern accent, the man is seen telling ITV film crews outside a temporary British embassy in Kabul that the army is refusing to let him into Kabul airport.
The footage then cuts to two children who have allegedly been left behind in the streets after their parents were allowed into the embassy ‘without them.’
Desperate British citizens are being blocked from escaping Afghanistan and are waving their passports at officials in a bid to flee
Flashing a British passport as he made his desperate plea, the man told ITV: ‘I’m a British citizen, my kids are British and we’re stuck here, they closed the door on us and they’re shooting at us.
‘My message for the prime minister is, just get us out of here otherwise my kids are struggling and we’re all in a big mess here.
‘The British Army is right behind these fences, they’ve closed the gate and they’re not letting no one in.’
It comes as dozens tried to enter a temporary British embassy but were turned away without an explanation while surrounding Taliban fighters fired guns into the air in the shocking scenes.
Meanwhile, the UK today warned there are ‘hours not weeks’ left for the Kabul airlift as it scrambles to double numbers to 12,000 – while Boris Johnson pleads with to delay the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.