Editorial: Afghan alert

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held a high-level meeting on the evolving situation in Afghanistan.

The meet was attended by Home Minister Amit Shah, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and NSA Ajit Doval. Besides the present situation in Afghanistan, the meet also discussed India’s future course of action in this regard. The meet lasted three hours.

Modi has recently directed a high-level group to focus on the ‘immediate priorities’ of India in view of the evolving situation in Afghanistan. The high-level group comprises of External Affairs Ministry (EAM), National Security Advisor (NSA) and senior officials. This group has been meeting regularly over the last few days and it has deliberated on issues pertaining to the safe return of stranded Indians and minorities in Afghanistan and ensuring that Afghan territory is not used in any manner for terrorism directed against India.

India’s immediate priorities have been the safe return of the Indians still in Afghanistan, bringing back the Afghan nationals who stood by New Delhi, and ensuring that Afghan soil is not used for terrorism directed at India.

Meanwhile, Former Union Ministers Natwar Singh, Yashwant Sinha, Mani Shankar Aiyar and eight other eminent personalities expressed deep concern on the situation in Afghanistan and called for peace and stability in the country, in an appeal released Wednesday. India should act with extreme caution in matters related to Afghanistan.

 

NT Bureau