India may increase strength of ITBP personnel in Kabul

July 14th, 2008 - 10:10 pm ICT by ANI  


New Delhi, July 14 (ANI): Indian Government is likely to increase the strength of ITBP personnel in Kabul after a suicide attack on Indian Embassy killed 58 people.

Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon, who returned from Kabul after assessing the security scenario, apprised Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee about his discussions with Afghan leaders on how to ensure better protection of Indian Embassy in Kabul and consulates elsewhere in Afghanistan.

Menon was on a two-day visit during which he met Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai.

He is understood to have conveyed the plans that the Afghan government and Indian authorities would implement to prevent any further attacks on Indian assets.

Menon visited Kabul to review security in the aftermath of the July 7 suicide attack at the Indian embassy in which 58 people, including India’’s Defence Attache, a senior IFS officer and two ITBP jawans were killed.

Both Afghan and Indian government have accused Taliban and its mentor Pakistan’’s ISI of being behind the attack and cautioned of more such strikes.

In view of the increased threat, Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta said the government could consider sending more ITBP personnel to Afghanistan to supplement about 400 of them already stationed at various Indian installations and Indian projects in that country.

If required, we will augment the strength (of ITBP personnel), Gupta said, adding that the requirement would be reviewed with the Ministry of External Affairs. (ANI)

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