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Kabul blast: India hopeful of extra protection for its embassy

India is hopeful that Afghanistan government would provide additional protection to its mission following the second attack on Indian Embassy in Kabul, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said on Saturday.

india Updated: Oct 10, 2009 20:30 IST

India is hopeful that Afghanistan government would provide additional protection to its mission following the second attack on Indian Embassy in Kabul, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said on Saturday.

"Afghanistan is passing through a very grim situation. Indian embassy has been the target of attack for the second time. We hope the Afghanistan government will provide additional protection to the Indian mission," he told reporters in Bangalore.

Asked why India was "refusing" to confirm the hand of ISI in the attack despite Afghanistan envoy to the US pointing finger at the Pakistan intelligence agency, he said, "Why do they need the confirmation of the government of India.

"If they have come to a conclusion, I am sure they have come to the conclusion based on inputs from their intelligence sources. I don't doubt it", he said.

"They are the best judges," he said, adding, "perhaps they haven't heard the last word on this".

On whether India would take up the issue with Pakistan, Krishna was evasive.

He said during his last meeting with Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the latter had spoken about India and Pakistan jointly involving themselves in rebuilding Afghanistan. After that, there has been no "concrete proposal" on the issue, he said.

"The government of India and people of India are willing to go to the rescue of people of Afghanistan," he said, noting India has already been doing "substantial" work there. "However, India on its own will do enough for infrastructure development in Afghanistan."