More Nepalis returning home from Afghanistan

At least 55 more Nepali workers employed by G4S in Afghanistan are returning home tomorrow, while 54 of their co-workers have already left the war-torn nation. Most of them arrived home today.

Nepal’s Charge d’Affaires to Pakistan Tirtha Raj Aryal, who is currently in Kabul, told The Himalayan Times over phone that among the 54 people who left Afghanistan, 41 had already reached Kathmandu via Fly Dubai and Air India flights.

He informed that 13 workers were still on their way to Nepal on an Air-India flight from New Delhi. They were all hired by G4S, a British security services company, as security guards for the protection of British aid agency offices in Afghanistan.

According to Aryal, those 55 Nepali workers employed by G4S, a security consultancy firm, will be leaving Kabul for Nepal tomorrow.

Their employer has already managed plane tickets and they will return in Fly Dubai flights via Dubai; as well as in Air India flights via New Delhi, he added.

He further said the Nepali workers decided to return to Nepal after they had a dispute with the employer company over security and pay hike issue in the wake of the Taliban suicide blast that killed 13 Nepali workers last week.

Following the deadly attack, Nepali working in Afghanistan feared for their security and started demanding better protection and salary.

Aryal, who reached Kabul from Pakistan just a day after the attack, said he has taken up the issue of providing compensation and insurance to the families of victims of the suicide blast with their employer company Sabre International and other concerned bodies.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan-based security consultancy firms have started giving better protection for Nepali migrants in the war-hit country.

Source: THT