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No Indian troops for Afghanistan: Report
May 05, 2006 01:46 IST
Despite attacks on its nationals by Taliban in Afghanistan, India on Thursday said that it will not send its troops to the war-torn country. "There is no such proposal," External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna told reporters here when asked about a media report that Britain had asked India to send its troops to Afghanistan to be part of International Security Assistance Force.
The report said the British proposal was put forth by Prime Minister Tony Blair's Foreign Policy Adviser Nigel Shinwald during his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here on Tuesday.
Shinwald had reportedly said India should 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 Indian engineer K Suryanarayana 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 Suryanarayana's abduction, has presented its report to the government on its assessment of the security measures for Indians in the war-torn country. Suryanarayana, 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.