Pen Farthing describes Nowzad staff's evacuation to Pakistan as 'absolutely mind-blowing'

The former Royal Marine Pen Farthing said he was “so damn happy” that his staff, who worked at an animal shelter, made it out of Taliban-led Afghanistan.

Paul “Pen” Farthing, who was forced to leave his Afghan workers in the midst of chaotic scenes in Kabul last month, described it as “absolutely overwhelming” that they arrived in Pakistan on Saturday.

He tweeted that his Operation Ark campaign to get workers and animals from the Nowzad shelter in Kabul out of the country had been “a complete success”.

Mr Farthing said Nowzad staff are “now safe in Islamabad and under the care of the British High Commission!” I’m so damn happy right now! “.

He added, “This is absolutely stunning. It still hasn’t arrived properly. “

Mr. Farthing said he saw pictures of the staff upon their arrival and the smiles on their faces “just tell you everything you need to know”.

Afghan personnel had hand-reared dozens of rescued animals but were unable to leave the country during the hasty mass evacuation as foreign troops withdrew from the country about two decades after the militants were disempowered by US forces in 2001 became.

Foreign Minister Dominic Raab tweeted: “Glad that Nowzad’s Afghan employees called for evacuation successfully crossed the border into Pakistan today. Our @ukinpakistan
Employees support them and we look forward to seeing them in the UK in the coming days. ”

Since returning to England in late August, Mr Farthing had worked to evacuate 68 Nowzad shelter staff and family members, including 25 children and a newborn baby, from Afghanistan.

The Operation Ark campaign has caused controversy despite great public support.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace complained that some of Mr. Farthing’s more militant supporters had been consuming “too much time” from senior commanders.

Mr Farthing also apologized for leaving a slogan-laden message for a government adviser when he tried to conduct the evacuation.

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