Sunday, October 17, 2021

Afghans desperately seek visas for neighboring countries while the RAF sends a secret rescue flight

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An Afghan interpreter tells i that British passport holders have tried to get visas for a neighboring country “immediately” so that they can fly out within days

The RAF sends a flight to rescue Afghans who have worked alongside British troops on the borders of Afghanistan’s neighbors. I understands.

The secret mission is believed to be collecting people who are eligible for relocation in the UK who were left behind before the final rescue flight left Kabul airport on August 28.

I Further details of the bailout cannot be disclosed due to its sensitive nature, but a government announcement is expected this week.

A 36-year-old Afghan interpreter who worked with British and American forces and was given the code name “Steve-O” said he had heard news of rescue flights to the UK.

Steve-O, whose real name was withheld to protect his identity, said I that a friend had told him that some “British passport holders” needed “immediate visas for a neighboring country” and asked if I knew anyone.

The group needed the visas to reach the country within a few days I agreed not to name “where they will take a flight to the UK”.

The interpreter, who lives in a village north of Kabul, previously said I of his regret for working with the UK and US after being left behind in Afghanistan.

Shunned by his community for his involvement in the Western forces, he said he feared for his life because the villagers near his home with eleven family members, including his two young children, were mostly Taliban supporters.

The Ministry of Defense has not yet announced the countries in which the rescue flights will take place.

Countries bordering landlocked Afghanistan include Pakistan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and China.

Steve-O said he was entitled to the UK’s Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (Arap), which provides current or former local workers who are considered seriously threatened with priority relocation to the UK, and that he has a visa for that Entry into Pakistan.

However, he said traveling to Pakistan was “impossible” as he could not afford the high airfare and could not get a “gate pass” to enter the country through a border crossing.

Flights to the Pakistani capital Islamabad were sold for £ 1,800 on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), according to travel agents in Kabul, compared to £ 90-110 previously.

“If the UK contacts me to leave Afghanistan, I cannot leave, I do not have a Pakistani gate pass,” he said.

He called on the British government to do more to help those still trapped in Afghanistan find safe passage to a third country.

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