India pulls officials from Kandahar


India’s role in Afghanistan remained quite suspicion and it is an open secret.  India recently revealed that it had provisionally brought back officials from its consulate in Kandahar, a major city in southern Afghanistan, as Taliban fighters continue to gain control amid the withdrawal of international forces. Arindam Bagchi, chief spokesperson at India’s foreign ministry told in a statement, “ Due to the intense fighting near Kandahar city, India-based personnel have been brought back for the time being. India is closely monitoring the evolving security situation in Afghanistan, adding that local staff were running India’s consulate in Kandahar temporarily. On the other hand, Taliban officials said they had taken control of 85% of Afghanistan’s territory, as the United States and others withdraw the bulk of their troops after 20 years of fighting. Afghan government officials dismissed the declaration as a propaganda campaign. Earlier, India’s foreign minister called for a lessening of violence, saying the situation in the war-torn nation has a direct bearing on regional security. This is again a false claim by India that they are supporting peace through negotiation as they are engaged in providing weapons to the current Afghan government to be used against the Taliban’s. Such criminal support would never bring peace in Afghanistan as well as in the region. It would rather boost negativity and violence, which is not favourable for anyone. While Pakistan favours the regional consensus on the Afghan endgame, it has grave reservations over the role of India in the process. It is also very much clear that India does not have any legitimate role in the Afghan peace process. Only the immediate neighbours of Afghanistan should be part of the process. If India is showing any interest in Afghanistan, it is merely for some mischievous purposes not for the peace.

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