PEN Farthing says he was “so bloody blissful” after studying final evening his 67 workers had managed to flee from the clutches of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

His charity workers have managed to flee out of Afghanistan as a part of the most important UK-aided evacuation since troops left Kabul.


Employees at the moment are safely in Islamabad and within the care of the British Excessive Fee[/caption]


Pen Farthing revealed his pleasure on the rescue of his workers due to UK officers[/caption]

The workers at Pen’s Nowzad animal rescue charity, reached security in Pakistan two weeks after the Taliban swept to energy. 

The Pakistani authorities granted clearance for the workers to enter the nation after Overseas Secretary Dominic Raab used a visit final week to induce Islamabad to assist evacuate refugees, stories the Each day Telegraph. 

The group reportedly reached a compound close to the Pakistani border the place they known as the British excessive fee in Islamabad to assist facilitate the remainder of their journey. 

Reacting to this, Pen tweeted: “You DID it…. #OperationArk was an entire success!

“The @nowzad workers at the moment are safely in Islamabad and within the care of the British Excessive Fee.

“I’m so bloody blissful proper now.”

After efficiently crossing the border, they headed to the Pakistani capital on Saturday evening the place they are going to be checked for Covid earlier than being flown to the UK. 

Mr Raab informed The Telegraph: “Following my go to to Pakistan and Qatar, alongside our wider regional diplomacy, we’ve obtained the cooperation in place to assist Britons and their fast household safely out of Afghanistan.

“The circumstances are nonetheless extraordinarily difficult, however we’re getting our folks residence, direct from Kabul and through neighbouring nations, and I’m additionally relieved that we’ve secured secure passage for Nowzad’s Afghan workers.”

Haunted by the workers he was pressured to depart behind, Pen mentioned: “There was no pleasure simply guilt. Guilt I couldn’t get my workers out.

“Guilt that for no matter motive I couldn’t persuade the powers-that-be to present me that paperwork just a few days earlier. Guilt that I left them behind.”

There was no pleasure simply guilt. Guilt I couldn’t get my workers out

Pen Farthing

He defined: “It was the workers who made the choice for me to make a second try by myself.

“They mentioned, ‘Don’t keep. You’ve obtained the take the canines out. The Taliban will simply shoot them’.

“I gave them three months’ wages — that’s put away securely – and a few hundred {dollars} additional.

“I mentioned, ‘Put this in your pocket. Don’t spend it. I need it again once I see you in England. That’s your emergency cash’.

“Then I went spherical and hugged each single one among them, together with the women. Everyone was so emotional.”


Each Pen and ministers confronted anger for leaving his workers behind to face the Taliban on August 31.

However Farthing has mentioned he feels “no pleasure simply guilt” after fleeing Afghanistan with out his workers as he revealed the Taliban stabbed one among his canines.

The ex-Royal Marine and Nowzad Canine founder, 52, landed safely in London Heathrow along with his 173 canines and cats earlier than instantly flying to Norway to be reunited with spouse Kaisa Markhus.

Practically 200 animals he was travelling with from Kabul will now should quarantine beneath UK regulation – though some could possibly be put down if they’re discovered to have any illnesses.

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Pen Farthing mentioned he feels ‘no pleasure simply guilt’ after fleeing Afghanistan with out his workers[/caption]

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Pen has revealed one among his canines was stabbed by the Taliban and 5 of his cats died on the journey to the UK[/caption]

Pen’s spouse Kaisa was evacuated out of Afghanistan final week on an virtually empty airplane and at last arrived residence on August 19.

She and a pregnant American pal needed to push their manner by a sea of males, ladies and kids to get to an entry gate.

However it took six days to get the right paperwork for Pen and after one failed try to board an evacuation flight, he lastly made it out of Afghanistan on the weekend.

Pen packed 125kg of dry pet meals, 72 tins, 270 litres of water, 12 industrial measurement rolls of paper towel and 20 bottles of disinfectant for mucking out the crates through the personal rescue flight.

However he mentioned 5 cats died on the journey to the UK – and one of many canines was stabbed when, Pen believes, they drove by Taliban checkpoints to Kabul airport.

Pen additionally reiterated his apology after reportedly accusing Defence Secretary Ben Wallace of “blocking” efforts to evacuate him and his animals from Kabul and threatened to “destroy” him on social media.

He informed the Each day Mail: “I’ve apologised for the language I used however that’s it. I’m not anxious about what some politician is saying about me.

“What’s on my radar is that this ill-thought out withdrawal has destroyed a rustic in a single day and value numerous lives.”


The closing flight from Kabul landed at RAF Brize Norton on Sunday morning – ending the largest navy evacuation in 80 years.

Pen’s dramatic evacuation has gripped the nation, notably as his Afghan members of workers and their households have been pressured to remain behind by the Taliban.

He had been making an attempt to get 69 folks, in addition to the animals, overseas when President Joe Biden “modified coverage” on who may evacuate.

His convoy was 300 metres contained in the airport perimeter in Kabul after they have been turned again by the Taliban on Thursday.

Moments later, at the very least 169 folks – together with 13 US servicemen, two British males and the teenage little one of a 3rd UK nationwide – have been killed in a lethal suicide blast exterior the airport.

As a British passport holder, Pen has all the time been on the entrance of the queue for evacuation.

Nonetheless, he had refused to depart with out his animals or workers.

Pen’s convoy was turned again by the Taliban
Pen along with his workers – who he was pressured to depart behind in Afghanistan