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Indians scale down in Afghanistan, fearing more attacks

March 31, 2010

KABUL: India has suspended medical aid and teaching programmes in Afghanistan, where Indian businesses and charities are slashing staff over fears they are increasingly targeted by militants, reports AFP.

Kabul-based Indians believe they were the specific targets of three recent attacks in the Afghan capital, including a February 26 bomb and gun assault on a guesthouse that killed 17 people, among them seven Indians.

Indian charity Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), which promoted economic independence for Afghan women, said it had pulled all staff from Afghanistan.

“At the moment there is no one on behalf of SEWA in Kabul because after the 26 February disaster we were advised to come back (to India),” said SEWA’s Afghanistan coordinator Pratibha Pandiya.

Indian officials said a December 15 suicide car bombing that killed eight people also targeted Indians, although former Afghan first vice president Ahmad Zia Massoud had a home in the same street.

The manager of an IT company that many Indians believe was the target, said his Indian staff had since halved to 11.

“We cannot stop people from leaving and we cannot guarantee anyone’s safety,” the manager, also an Indian, said on condition of anonymity and asking that his company also not be named.

“Our office and residences are like fortresses,” he said, adding that extra security promised by the Afghan government had yet to materialise.

Indians in Kabul told AFP they see themselves as victims of a struggle with Pakistan for influence in Afghanistan, which is fuelling attacks on Indian interests in the country.

The Indian embassy was hit on October 8 last year, with the deaths of 17 people, and on July 7, 2008 when more than 60 people were killed.

The Pakistan government denies supporting militants, pointing to its own fight against the Taliban, and says it is committed to peace in Afghanistan.

Since a US-led invasion ended the Taliban’s 1996-2001 regime, India has committed 1.2 billion dollars to Afghanistan, mainly aid for social services including health and education, making it one of the biggest regional donors.

The two countries are historically close and many urban Afghans speak Hindi and Urdu learned watching Bollywood movies.
About 4,000 Indians are building roads, sanitation projects and power lines in the volatile country. India is building the new Afghan parliament.

Doctors were also recruited from the Indian military for India’s medical mission (IMM) to Afghanistan, which focused on five cities, providing free treatment and medicine for 30,000 Afghans each month, an embassy official said.

The IMM had been temporarily suspended, he said, as those members of the 11-man team who survived the attack were repatriated for treatment.

“The IMM in Kabul was temporarily suspended from February 26 when a doctor got killed and others seriously injured in the attack and were flown to Delhi by a special plane,” he said.

Under the IMM, 25 doctors and paramedics were based in Kabul, Herat, Kandahar, Jalalabd and Mazar-I-Sharif.

The head of the Indira Ghandi Children’s Hospital in Kabul, run by IMM, said sick Afghan children were the main victims of the militant attacks on Indians.

“The attack has done nothing but deprive people coming from far provinces of free treatment and medicine,” said Noorulhaq Yousufzai.
English-teaching programmes had been also suspended, the embassy official said, as two of three Indian teachers staying at the Aria guesthouse died as a result of the February 26 attack.

India brings in hundreds of Afghans on scholarships each year.
Another Indian official, also speaking anonymously, said Pakistani militants had been caught casing diplomatic residences before the February 26 attack.

“The professional manner of the planning, the fact that the Taliban did not know about it for three or four hours, that the attackers were speaking Urdu — all these things make us conclude it was Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT),” he said.

LeT was also blamed for the Mumbai attacks in late 2008, although it denied any involvement in that assault or the February Kabul bombing.

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12 comments

  1. INDIA EVEN FEARFULL OF EVEN MOST PEACE LOVING KASHMIRIS


  2. INDIA IS EVEN FEARFULL OF EVEN MOST PEACE LOVING KASHMIRIS


  3. BECAUSE KASHMIRIS ARE FOILING INDIAN CONSPIRACIES


  4. yes India was also fearful of “Most peace loving” Pakistan before 1971!! and due to that fear they tore them to 2 halves 🙂 🙂 .. Hope your dumb head understands what I mean!!


    • …but we tore you first into three halves in 1947!!.It’s difficult for urine drinkers and animal worshippers to grasp that Pak was created by ripping Akhand Bharat into shreads!!

      Great ehh???


      • @ Imran

        Bro india was not a hindo country. it was made and devaloped by muslims and it was our empire. hindoz never made anything in their entier exsitance. there was no india before the muslims. so plz couurect yourself.


    • Ultranationalist you belong to a bhaghora coward hindu community who can just do conspiracies and not being a man but a hijra who knows back stabbibg and have no courage to face the brave people face to face. The brave Afghans have shown you that you better runaway from their country otherwise they will be kicked out. Soon InshaAllah Kashmiris will kick you out of kashmir too. Banya ji you only know conpiracies and have no balls to fight – you back stabbing banyas.


      • @Fake UltraNationalist

        Gay Hind,

        This is a Pakistani site and you being Lingum sucker,are UltraOutcast here.So get lost.


  5. WHAT ON EARTH INDICKA HAS ANY BUSINESS IN AFHGANISTAN? GET OUT OF AFHGAINSTAN YOU KAFIR HINDOZ. KAFIR HINDOZ ARE THE BIGGEST ENEMIES OF MUSLIMS. WE MUST NEVER FORGET 1947 MASSACARES BY EXTERMIST HINDOZ KILLING MILLIONS OF MUSLIMS CROSSING BOARDERS INTO PAKISTAN.

    NOW SAMW EXTERMIST HINDOZ ARE KILLING NON HINDOZ INSIDE INDICKA. DEATH TO INDICKA AND TO HINDOZ.

    HINDOOU GO AND WORSHIP YOUR MANMADE IDOLES. AHGANS ARE LIONS AND YOU ARE BUNCH OF HYENS. HOW COME HYENAS ARE DOING THINGS FOR LIONS? THE NATURE WOULD NOT EVEN PERMIT THIS CRAP LET ALONE THE DIRTY MINDGAMES OF HINDOZ IN THE REGOIN.

    INDICKN HINDO EXTERMIST TERRORIST HINDOO GET OUT OF AFHGANISTAN, BEFORE THE BRAVE TALIBANS BLOW YOUR STINKING BLACK ASSES UP IN SMOKES.:))


  6. Pakistani voice,

    It’s you that stands to be corrected!.I realise that India historically has been dominated by Muslim’s so read my previous comment again!

    After the British left the Hindu’s were hoping to avenge a thousand years of slavery but we again defeated them by establishing Pakistan.The boast of 1971 does not eradicate the one thousand years of slavery to Muslim’s or the fact that despite being ten times smaller we liberated much of Kashmir from them!

    Kargil was another humilation that we initiated to beat them up again!


    • You guys are fantastic.

      Whose we ruled over!!!!
      Yu guys are sideys to the mughal empire,which was centersed around Delhi and Agra.The 160 Million Indian muslims and all Indian have inherited that history???

      Who are You???????

      Kargil??
      Are you still there?

      India took Siachen under your nose 25 YEARS ago and is still there.

      Tell your leader to stop the ridiculous stories.


      • You’ll have to do better then that to get any marks!!.Taking Siachen from a nation ten times smaller ain’t bravery but creating a nation as a minority in 1947 against all odds is a miracle.

        Afer every war both sides claim victory but we INITIATED Kargil killing thousands of Bhindians,that takes guts!.Liberating part of Kashmir despite being much smaller in size is again to our credit where as a much bigger nation you don’t take any applauds for occupying Kashmir with 800,00 opressors.

        “We” are the Muslim’s both from India and Pakistan who prior to 1947 were one so have full right to claim the Mughal empire as our own.You must visit Lahore to see the great Mughal history in Pakistan!!



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