Amid reports of Taliban’s relentless attacks, Afghanistan Army Chief will visit India. The army chief, Gen Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai, is expected to arrive India as soon as next week for a 3-day crucial visit to strengthen the bilateral ties between the two countries. The news of General Ahmadzai making his way to India comes at a time when Taliban’s insurgence is on its peak yet again in the war-torn nation.
For decades the war-torn nation of Afghanistan has been in the news. Due to high levels of terrorism, corruption and poverty, the nation has been observed by the geopolitical pundits as a great analytical subject, with no sight of any resolution. After the Afghan Civil War, the Taliban emerged as the biggest complexity for the country. After the US decided to pull out its troops this year, the Taliban has once again wreaked havoc in the country.
Visit will be of 3-Days, Will Meet NSA, and Gen. Naravane
Amid all this, now the Afghan army chief, General Wali Mohammad Ahmadzai will reportedly be paying a 3-day visit to India. The Army Chief’s visit is intended to boost the two country’s ties amid the clashes between the Afghan forces and the Islamic organization Taliban.
Sources are also claiming that the Army Chief will be holding a wide-range of conversations with top defence executives in India, including NSA Ajit Doval, and his Indian counterpart, General MM Naravane.
It should be noted that as Taliban continues to capture provinces and borders in Afghanistan, the country is now focusing on regrouping and calling-in reinforcements by reaching out to its allies. In this picture, India fits well as it has always been an upfront and outspoken ally of Afghanistan, has provided it with helicopters, and have issued statements claiming complete support.
Context of the Visit – Abduction of Afghan Envoy’s Daughter in Pak
The visit is also interesting because of the consistently troubled ties Afghanistan shares with India’s neighbour Pakistan. The conflicted ties reached to a flashpoint recently when the Afghanistan announced that its ambassador to Pakistan’s daughter was kidnapped and tortured.
After the abduction and the recovery of the daughter of Afghani envoy, Afghanistan announced that it has recalled several of its diplomats, the senior envoys and the ambassador till the security threats come to an end.
Afghan President’s Allegations against Pakistan
Further, Afghanistan outrightly alleged that over 10,000 jihadi militants crossed Pakistan to come to Afghanistan and claimed that Pakistan hasn’t done enough to curb the influx of terrorists in Afghanistan.
“Intelligence estimates indicate the influx of over 10,000 jihadi fighters (into Afghanistan) from Pakistan and other places in the last month,”
-said President Ghani in Tashkent in the presence of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.
How has India Played its Part for Afghanistan?
Drawing our focus back to India’s ties with Afghanistan, the two countries have claimed to have deep constructive ties. Thanks to the former’s investment of over $3 billion for miscellaneous reconstruction, Afghan considers India its allies along with USA and Russia. As mentioned earlier, India has also given several military helicopters to Afghanistan and has supported reconciliation between the multiple forces that come in the play.
What consequences can emerge after the visit?
If the visit of the Afghan chief is constructive and the country feels its mended to and being supported, India will be among the several countries that are eying to occupy the power vacuum in the land-locked country. Currently, China, Russia, USA have been reported to be wanting a sizable chunk of the Afghan pie so that they can assert their influence in the country.