United States administration announced yesterday that due to rapid escalation in violence and threats by the Taliban, they will begin flying Afghan interpreters in the last week of July.
Officials in the Biden administration said those who have already applied for Special Immigration Visa and their families will be prioritized.
The exact date of the first flight’s departure cannot be revealed but President Joe Biden’s commitment of flying out Afghan interpreters will be applied, added the official.
Joe Biden in his speech of major policy on Afghanistan reiterated that the Afghans who have assisted in their 20-year presence in Afghanistan will not be left behind and will be relocated to a third location.
Prior to his decision, Biden was under immense bipartisan pressure to clarify his plan for flying out Afghan interpreters and Afghans in other roles
Human and women’s rights groups in an unprecedented move asked Biden’s administration to allocate up to 2000 visas for women journalists, politicians, rights advocates, and minorities in Afghanistan since they are subjected to threats by the Taliban.
The group too pleaded UK the same move.
There are currently 18 thousand Afghan applicants who have applied for SIV.