WASHINGTON: A bipartisan group of American senators have sought enhanced cooperation with India in Afghanistan, including increasing New Delhi’s role in helping the Afghan security forces, a move that is seriously going to annoy Pakistan to the core.
Pakistan has always objected to India’s growing ties with Afghanistan and now after united states urge to India to help afghanistan is making pakistan more and more nervous about it’s internal security due to its border sharing with Afghanistan.
India is one of the biggest providers of developmental assistance to war-torn Afghanistan.
The lawmakers have introduced a legislative amendment to the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) – 2018 in the Senate to support their demand. The amendment seeks increasing India’s role in assisting the Afghan security forces through logistics support, threat analysis, intelligence, materiel, and maintenance support.
The amendment – if passed by the Senate and implemented by the US and India – could irk Pakistan as it opposes any Indian role in neighbouring Afghanistan.
The amendment was moved on Thursday by senators Dan Sullivan, Gary Peters, John Cornyn and Mark Warner.
Warner is the vice-chair of the powerful Senate select committee on intelligence, while Cornyn is the Senate majority whip for the Republican Party.
They are also the co-chairs of the Senate India Caucus.
The amendment asks defence secretary Jim Mattis and secretary of state Rex Tillerson to identify ways in which India can take “security and development related steps” in Afghanistan.
It asks the Pentagon and the State Department to find ways in which India can support “targeted infrastructure development” and economic investment in Afghanistan.