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‘Pakistan targeting Indians working in Afghanistan’

‘Pakistan targeting Indians working in Afghanistan’

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Sep 21, 2020 - 18:04

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Pakistaninfo-icon has been targeting Indian professionals working in Afghanistaninfo-icon in a variety of ways and several Indians working on development projects have been attacked and kidnapped over the past 12 years, Indian media reported on Monday.

Since September last year, Pakistan also attempted to designate four Indian nationals, who had previously worked in Afghanistan, as terrorists under the UN Security Council Resolution 1267, Minister of State for Externalinfo-icon Affairs V Muraleedharan said in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha.

“However, the 1267 Sanctions Committee, based on its internal procedures, has not approved the request,” the minister said.

In his response to the same question, Muraleedharan said: “Pakistan has been targeting Indian professionals working in Afghanistan through a variety of ways. Several Indians working in Afghanistan on various development projects have been attacked and kidnapped over the past 12 years.”

“With the assistance of [the] government of Afghanistan, India has been able to secure [the] release of many Indians from captivity. In addition, [the] Indian embassy and its consulates have also been attacked.”

The last of seven Indian engineers who were kidnapped in Afghanistan in May 2018 were recently released before the Afghan government and the Talibaninfo-icon launched intra-Afghan negotiations in Qatar this month.

Muraleedharan said as a result of the Indian government’s efforts, there is “enhanced concern in the international community at terrorism emanating from Pakistan, including the continuing activities of internationally designated terrorist entities and individuals such as Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad [and] Hizbul Mujahideeninfo-icon”.

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