Strengthening Afghan capacity to counter terrorist groups: NSA Ajit Doval: The Tribune India

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Tribune press service

New Delhi, May 27

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Friday called for strengthening Afghanistan’s capacity to fight terrorism and terrorist groups that pose a threat to regional peace and security.

“The top priority should be the right to life and a dignified life as well as the protection of human rights,” he told a conclave of regional NSAs, except for Pakistan, hosted by Tajikistan.

The relationship with Af people cannot change

The top priority should be the right to life and a dignified life. The privileged relationship with the Afghan people over the centuries will guide India’s approach. Nothing can change that. Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor

Doval also called for an inclusive government in Afghanistan that would give representation to all sections of Afghan society, including women and minorities.

India has traditionally supported Tajiks, Uzbeks and Hazaras whose traditional rulers are in exile after failing to be welcomed by the Taliban. The NSA said broad representation in the Kabul government would ensure that the largest possible proportion of the Afghan population would feel motivated to contribute to nation building.

Although Doval spoke of building the capacity of the Taliban, it was unclear how this would be done since the group that currently rules Afghanistan has shown no inclination for a counterterrorism partnership with any other country.

The NSA spoke about India’s focus on infrastructure, connectivity and humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan and mentioned that India had already provided 17,000 tons of wheat out of a total commitment of 50,000 tons, five lakh doses of vaccine and 13 tons of essential life-saving drugs.

India, he argued, was and is a major player in Afghanistan. “The special relationship with the Afghan people over the centuries will guide India’s approach. Nothing can change that. Through the collective efforts of the members of the regional dialogue, we can help the Afghan people,” he observed.

Doval also met with his counterparts from Iran, Tajikistan and Russia on the sidelines of the meeting. The dialogue aims to strengthen a common approach to terrorism, radicalization and drug trafficking after the Taliban took control of Kabul in August last year. India had hosted the dialogue in November 2021, which was attended by eight countries including Iran and Russia.

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