Atmar off to India, likely to seek military aid
KABUL (Pajhwok): National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar on Sunday left for India on a two-day official visit for talks with his Indian counterpart and other officials.
During the visit, Atmar would be meeting Indian foreign affairs minister, the spymaster and defence minister for talks over an effective regional strategy to combat terrorism and militancy, said Tawab Ghorzang, the National Security Council (NSC) spokesman.
He said the visit would mainly focus on India’s military assistance with Afghanistan. He did not go into details.
But earlier Indian media said both sides might discuss the transfer of MI25 choppers to Afghanistan.
The Afghan top security official visits India at a time when Afghanistan’s relations with Pakistan have become tense following a series of deadly blasts in Kabul few months back.
Soon after taking office, President Ashraf Ghani went to Pakistan on an official visit to cement ties with the neighboring country as it holds key to the Afghan conflict resolution.
Political affairs expert Khoshal Khalil said under the security accords with the US and NATO, training and equipping Afghan security forces was their responsibility, but the need for Indian assistance was felt as Afghan forces direly needed choppers and air support to counter the growing insurgency.
He said earlier the US planned to equip Afghan Air Force (AAF) with Russian choppers but currently their relations were not so good and the purchase of Russian military gear was delayed.
According to him, the delay in signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US had affected furnishing the AAF.
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