Over 11,000 visas issued by the Indian embassy in Afghanistan between August 12 and 14 have been cancelled after over 1,000 visas had been reportedly stolen, prompting the Centre to introduce e-Visas after the autumn of Kabul.
Until date, round 300 e-visas have been issued to Afghan nationals.
A senior official stated that the intelligence companies anticipated that the stolen visas might be misused amid chaos within the neighbouring nation.
The officer stated, “As Taliban was approaching Kabul, the Indian Embassy in Afghanistan witnessed a surge in visa functions and round 11,000 stamp visas had been authorised.”
Taliban took over of Kabul on August 15 and through the assembly that was referred to as after the developments in Afghanistan, the potential for some anti-India parts misusing the pre-issued visas and/or the stolen passports to achieve entry into the nation got here up.
On August 17, union residence ministry ordered the cancellation of all stamped visas and folks have to use for e-visas to enter India. All involved holders had been knowledgeable in regards to the improvement.
The official additional added that Afghanistan falls beneath the Prior Reference Class (PRC) checklist which mandates that each visa software has to undergo a background test on a person applicant.
“It’s a time-bound course of to clear the appliance within the shortest time. In the method of issuing e-visas there was intense scrutiny of all functions by all involved safety companies earlier than giving visa approval,” he added.
“In the case of stamp visa, the verification is an enormous difficulty and going via the current state of affairs in Afghanistan lapses may pose menace to nationwide safety,” the official stated.
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