Sunday, October 19, 2014

India and Afghanistan

India is taking a leading role in assisting Afghanistan in its reconstruction and governance efforts. At the same time; however, it is accused by Pakistan in engaging in a "proxy war" - setting up terrorist and intelligence nets within Afghanistan which will attack Pakistan's rear areas (along the Pakistan-Afghan border). Surely India has the occasional intelligence operative conducting his daily business - most all nations do this. But the accusations by Pakistan (at least from a study of open source news) seems unfounded. Certainly, India's escapades could not come close to the support the Pakistani intelligence service provides to the "good Taliban" that have sanctuary in Pakistan and mount operations in Afghanistan. India is doing a lot of good in Afghanistan. It is the largest regional provider of humanitarian and reconstruction aid to Afghanistan. Some 4,000 Indians are working in construction projects. India is also assisting in numerous road projects, power plant initiatives, and other sectors of the economy. Read more in "Existential crisis for nascent democracy", The Free Press Journal (India), October 18, 2014.

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