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Security for Indians in Afghanistan being increased

delhi Updated: Apr 03, 2010 16:58 IST
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In the wake of the recent attack in Kabul targeting Indians, security of all Indians working in Afghanistan is being increased but there would be no scaling down of personnel or projects.

Sources in New Delhi also made it clear that India is "not reaching out" to Taliban and before thinking about that, it will await the results of the campaign launched by the US-led forces in Helmand and the proposed military action to be initiated in Kandahar.

India is conscious of the dangers posed to its interests by the Taliban and lately Lashkar-e-Taiba in Afghanistan but that will not deter it from continuing the developmental and reconstruction projects it is committed to.

There are about 3,500 Indians engaged in such projects but not many of them are working for Indian government programmes as a substantial number have been contracted by firms of other countries, the sources said.

However, after the February 26 attack, India is increasing security for its personnel working on reconstruction projects in Afghanistan, they said.

The Indian medical mission in Kabul, which was the worst hit in the February 26 attack, had to be scaled down as most of its members were hurt and one was killed.

"It is not a full stop to our developmental projects in Afghanistan," the sources said, adding all other reconstruction activities and Indian medical missions in other places of Afghanistan are continuing their work.

The Indian medical mission in Kabul has treated 3.1 lakh people and it has won considerable dividends for India as the work has been appreciated in Afghanistan as well by other countries, they said.