New Delhi: India will step up training of the Afghan police and military after a request on Monday by President Hamid Karzai, who also urged Indian businesses to invest in his battle-weary nation as it gears up for the departure of NATO troops.
The extra help is likely to be welcomed by the United States, which sees India as a stabilizing power in South Asia. But it may unnerve Pakistan, which frets about losing influence in neighbouring Afghanistan.
"We do want to expand that as required and wished by Afghanistan. We will respond," said Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid when asked about the security programme following a lecture given by the Afghan president in New Delhi.
In June, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta called on India to do more to support both the Afghan economy and security forces as Western nations prepare to end their combat missions there in 2014....more
12:50 AM, Nov 13, 2012
Kabul: Demonstrators hurled grenades at a US base in northern Afghanistan, and a gun battle left two Afghans dead and seven NATO troops injured Sunday in the escalating crisis over the burning of Muslim holy books at an American airfield. More than 30 people have been killed, including four US troops, in six days of unrest. Still, the top US diplomat in Afghanistan said the violence would not change Washington's...
08:25 AM, Feb 27, 2012
Islamabad: Combat materials, including sophisticated communication devices and heavy duty generators, meant for NATO troops were stolen by transporters and sold to militants in Pakistan, a media report said on Sunday. A godown of stolen items of NATO forces, including combat material, was unearthed in Islamabad's rural area of Tarnol during a police raid on Saturday night. Four were arrested in the operation. Pakistani newspaper Dawn said quoting police sources...
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