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'India to continue work in Afghan'

India said the killing of Suryanarayana would not dissuade from continuing its reconstruction and rehabilitation work in Afghanistan.

india Updated: May 02, 2006 10:14 IST

India on Sunday said the killing of engineer K Suryanarayan by Taliban in Afghanistan would not dissuade from continuing its reconstruction and rehabilitation work in that country.

"There is no question of India succumbing to the threats posed by the Taliban and its sponsors and it would not step back from its ongoing reconstruction works in the war ravaged country", Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed said strongly condemning the murder.

It was quite unfortunate that the Taliban and its sponsors had killed the Indian engineer even before the arrival of the special emissary sent to hold negotiations with the abductors, he said.

"These acts would not dissuade New Delhi in its strong resolve to continue its reconstruction works in that country," he said.

Ahamed said the Taliban forces had decided to target India, as they were unhappy with the overall appreciation the country had earned from the people of Afghanistan. He urged the global community to come forward in deploring the dastardly act.

He said the Centre had given clear cut directions to provide beefed up security cover to all Indians working in Afghanistan and special orders issued to private companies engaged in reconstruction work to extend enhanced protection to its employees.

Ahmed said a special team had been entrusted with the job of completing the formalities to bring back the body of Suryanarayan.