India has a consistent policy toward Afghanistan and will continue to support Afghan people to rebuild their capacities, officials in the Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis (IDSA) of India said.
“We will continue to do what we have been doing in Afghanistan,” Jayant Prasad, the Director General of IDSA who was speaking with Afghan reporters in New Delhi said,” for India, there is no exist policy on Afghanistan”.
India is the biggest regional supporter of Afghanistan, providing humanitarian and reconstruction supports to the war-torn country during the last 15 years. It is focused on building public institutions, providing collaboration with Afghan government for small and big development projects.
Another official in the IDSA emphasized that Afghanistan is a ‘close neighbor’ and a ‘close friend’.
“we are committed to rebuilding Afghan capacities, we are the development partner of the Afghan people,” Vishal Chandra, a Research Analyst who is studying Afghanistan at IDSA for more than 20 years said.
Unlike other neighboring countries, India has invested on a number of economical projects in Afghanistan including building Zaranj – Delaram Road, Laying down power transmission lines in the north, building the Afghan Parliament, construction of Salma Dam which will be soon operational sometimes this year, construction of Agriculture University in Kandahar and many more small projects across the country.
“Our assistance programs are not confine to any particular part of Afghanistan, we have carried out our projects in all over Afghanistan,” Chandra added.
The majority of Afghans believe that India is among the countries which has played a key role in the reconstruction and economic development of Afghanistan. Currently, there are thousands of Afghan student studying in India, military officers from the Afghan National Army (ANA) are being trained in India and hundreds of Afghans seeks treatment at the Indian hospitals.
Written by: Hesamuddin Hesam