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'Vigilant' India condemns mindless violence in Afghanistan

Condemning the outbreak of violence in Afghanistan, India today conveyed its "profound concerns" to President Hamid Karzai and hoped for restoration of normalcy in that war-torn country. Kabul attacks: Ripple effect will hit Kashmir, says Army

delhi Updated: Apr 16, 2012 20:37 IST
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Condemning the outbreak of violence in Afghanistan, India on Monday conveyed its "profound concerns" to President Hamid Karzai and hoped for restoration of normalcy in that war-torn country.

"India believes that Afghanistan will have to sought out its issues amongst themselves in a civilised manner without resorting to mindless violence and it is India's open desire that normalcy will be restored in Kabul and Afghanistan. Afghanistan will try to move ahead and develop itself as a flourishing nation," external affairs minister SM Krishna said in Abu Dhabi.

In a message, which was uploaded on the 'YouTube', Krishna said, "I condemn the outbreak of violence in Afghanistan and I would like to convey India's profound concerns to President Karzai and people of Afghanistan."

Describing the security situation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region as a "continuing cause of concern", defence minister AK Antony on Monday called upon the top brass of the Indian Army to be vigilant and take steps keeping in view the latest terror attacks by the Taliban in Kabul.

Addressing the biannual army commanders' conference in New Delhi, Antony said India remains steadfast in its commitment to provide support and assistance to Afghanistan so that it evolves into a stable country, strengthened by pluralism and free from external interference.

Taliban militants on Sunday mounted a synchronised attack at key establishments in Kabul. The assault ended after 18 hours Monday when all but one attacker were killed.

Antony called upon the defence forces and all other security agencies to remain prepared to tackle the entire range of security challenges.

"Balancing the imperatives of engaging globally with other powers and maintaining autonomy in decision-making, is one of the most important challenges of our times," he said.

Referring to sharp increase in the defence spending by China for the modernisation of its armed forces, Antony said: "On our part, we will continue to bolster our infrastructure and strengthen our capabilities along the border areas."

"However, our efforts are focused on safeguarding our security interests and not dictated by what other nations are doing," he said.

"Several of the proposals of the army are under implementation. Some others are expected to be cleared in the days ahead. We will provide all the support to modernise and enhance our defence capabilities to successfully meet any challenge," he added.

Describing the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir as stable, Antony said it was "a direct consequence" of the "untiring" efforts of the forces.

He, however, said the peace process "is extremely fragile" and the armed forces need to operate with maximum restraint and control without dropping their guard.

'Nato-intelligence failure'

Hours after Afghan forces repulsed major suicide attacks by Taliban on the capital, President Hamid Karzai blamed "intelligence failures" for the assault, particularly on the part of US-led NATO alliance.

"The terrorist infiltration in Kabul and other provinces is an intelligence failure for us and, especially, the NATO and should be seriously investigated", Karzai said in a statement.

His remarks came as Afghan forces regained control over parts of the city overrun by the Taliban in a brazen 18-hour attack, which left 51 people dead including 36 insurgents.

(With inputs from IANS, PTI)

First Published: Apr 16, 2012 19:52 IST