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Pakistan's ISI Ordered Taliban To Target Indian-Built Assets in Afghanistan

Humvees that belong to Afghan Special Forces are seen destroyed during heavy clashes with Taliban during the rescue mission of a police officer besieged at a check post, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, July 13, 2021.  (Photo: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

Humvees that belong to Afghan Special Forces are seen destroyed during heavy clashes with Taliban during the rescue mission of a police officer besieged at a check post, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, July 13, 2021. (Photo: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

The Pakistani and the Taliban fighters have reportedly been sent in with specific instructions to remove any signs of Indian goodwill work there,

The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) reportedly instructed the Taliban, joined by a large number of Pakistani fighters in Afghanistan, to target Indian-built assets over the last several years in the war-torn country.

According to ANI, the Pakistani and the Taliban fighters there have been sent in with specific instructions to target the Indian-built assets and remove any signs of Indian goodwill work there.

The Indian government has invested over $3 billion in the Afghanistan reconstruction effort since the last two decades and the 218-km road between Delaram and Zaranj Salma dam, while the Afghan Parliament building inaugurated in 2015, serves as one of the biggest symbols of India’s contribution to Afghanistan.

Estimates showed that more than 10,000 Pakistanis have reportedly entered the war zone in Afghanistan to openly support the Taliban’s fight against the Ashraf Ghani-led Afghanistan government.

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India had made an immense contribution towards the education sector in Afghanistan and had played a big role in training their teachers and support staff.

The Pakistan-backed Islamic terrorist groups, including the Haqqani network, have been highly active for years against India there.

The Indian side is said to be in a fix on the issue of whether they would be allowed to retain its presence in Kabul as so far no assurance or indication has been given by the ultra-radical Islamist group which has been seen as opposed to India.

Indian agencies are also closely monitoring the situation at the Kabul airport which is not going to be under American guard for very long now. Many airfields under Americans including the Bagram air base which have been vacated due to the ongoing power tussle with the Taliban.

The Indian workers involved in civil works have also been asked to move out. Indian public sector company WAPCOS had some officials there for dam projects. India had recently also announced works worth around $350 million including the Shahtoot dam for providing drinking water to the city of Kabul.

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first published:July 18, 2021, 19:10 IST