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No troops to Afghanistan: India

The MEA has quashed reports that Indian troops would be sent to Afghanistan to be a part of the ISAF.

india Updated: May 05, 2006 10:29 IST

The External Affairs ministry has quashed media reports that Indian troops would be sent to Afghanistan to be a part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

"There is no such proposal," ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna told reporters when asked about a media report that Britain had asked India to send its troops to Afghanistan to be part of international security bodies deployed there.

The report said the British proposal was put forth by Prime Minister Tony Blair's Foreign Policy Advisor Nigel Shinwald during his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday.

Shinwald had reportedly said that India ought to contribute troops for the ISAF in Afghanistan to do justice to its own increased role and strategic requirements in that country.

The report came close on the heels of abduction and killing of engineer K Suryanarayan by Taliban in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, a high-level team which assessed the security measures for Indians in Afghanistan has opined that the protective arrangements were adequate but there was a need to follow these properly and religiously by the individuals, sources said.

The three-member team, which went to Afghanistan on Sunday in the wake of Suryanarayan's abduction, has presented its report to the government on its assessment of the security measures for Indians in the war-torn country.

Suryanarayan, who worked with a Bahrain-based company, was also believed to have not followed the security drill properly which led to his abduction and killing.