KATHMANDU: Nepal has banned its citizens from working in strife-torn Afghanistan, days after 13 Nepali security guards were killed in a Taliban suicide bombing in Kabul.
13 Nepalese nationals working in Afghanistan were killed and five others sustained serious injuries when militants exploded a bomb in a minibus on Monday.
A cabinet meeting yesterday decided to suspend issuing labour permits to Nepalese nationals for Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya until a further notice.
After the Kabul attack, the government made the decision to bar Nepalese nationals from going to the war-hit nations for the purpose of employment. The government also decided to provide Rs 1 million as compensation to families of the victims. It has also made arrangements for the treatment of those injured in the attack by Taliban.
The meeting also directed the Ministry of Labour and Employment to submit a report after carrying out detailed study of all aspects of the incident. Moreover, a decision was made to hold diplomatic talks with the Afghanistan government in order to guarantee the security and safety of the Nepalese in Afghanistan and also to provide necessary support for those willing to return home.
The government also evacuated 24 other Nepalese nationals who were working as security guard in the Canadian Embassy in Kabul following the terror attack.