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India, Iran to join Afghan peace process: Olson

Published Jun 23, 2016 07:34am

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WASHINGTON: India and Iran will be included in the Afghan peace process at a later stage, a senior US official has said while recognising Pakistan’s role as well.

In tweets sent after he spoke at a Washington think tank on Tuesday, Ambassador Richard Olson said: “Pakistan does remain committed to the process of reconciliation and talks in Afghanistan.”

Mr Olson was the US ambassador in Islamabad before he was called back to Washington late last year and made the US special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan.

He noted that both India and Iran had stakes in Afghanistan’s future and said that’s why they would be included in peace efforts at a later stage.

But Washington’s priority now was to get the talks started, he added.

Ambassador Olson said the US decision to eliminate Taliban leader Mullah Mansour and give combat powers to American troops in Afghanistan should not be seen as indication of a lack of interest in the peace process.

“The Taliban’s repeated refusal to join talks with the Afghan government contributed to the US decision to take action against Mullah Mansur on May 21,” he said.

He noted that some commentators interpreted the strike as indicating a shift in US strategy or a weakening of its commitment to the peace process. “It has not,” he said.

“Mullah Mansur was an obstacle to peace, posed a continued threat to US persons through his support for operations against US forces, and was perpetuating a war without end.”

On June 9, President Obama gave the US military the power to assist the Afghan military in combat missions against the Taliban.

But Ambassador Olson pointed out that while announcing these decisions, “President Obama made clear … that the removal of Mullah Mansur and the expanded US authority do not represent a strategic shift in our approach to Afghanistan.”

The envoy assured the international community that the US was not resuming day-to-day combat operations in Afghanistan.

“The Afghan national defence and security forces have full responsibility, as they should, for providing security in their country,” he said. “Nonetheless, this strike should make clear to all parties in the region that the United States is fully prepared to protect its interests.”

Emphasising the US commitment to fight terrorism, Mr Olson said: “Even though the United States has ceased combat operations against the Taliban, we will continue to protect our people and our interests.”

But the determination to fight for its interests had not lessened US commitment to seeking a negotiated settlement to the Afghan dispute, he said.

“We will also continue to encourage an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process in which the Afghan government and the Afghan Taliban can bring this conflict to an end.”

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nope Jun 23, 2016 07:40am

Not going to happen. Pakistan & China won't allow that because India only has one role and that is to destabilize Pakistan.

Zulfikr Ali Khan(ZAK) Jun 23, 2016 07:41am

Now we are talking!!

Deepak Kumar Jun 23, 2016 07:43am

It was due... with all the investment in Afghanistan, India has a stake in Afghanistan peace process.

Rohit Jun 23, 2016 07:48am

Step in the right direction. No body should be allowed to install their proxies.

Desi Dimag Jun 23, 2016 07:54am

Now peace process will accelerate further. Good decision by the USA.

Tripurasur Jun 23, 2016 08:02am

Positive Development!!!

David Rubin Jun 23, 2016 08:12am

Afghanistan is a sovereign country. India believes in playing only a social role by building roads, schools, industries, agriculture, hospitals, infrastructure and helping in better lives of Afghans. We don't need any other role.

Altaf Hussain, Mumbai Jun 23, 2016 08:15am

Should India and Iran be inducted into the peace process what happens to strategic assests ?

sadat khan Jun 23, 2016 08:25am

@Zulfikr Ali Khan(ZAK) still it is not late, if politicians and gvernments take positive steps for bringing peace to the region.

vinit Jun 23, 2016 08:41am

The US has realised that handling afganistan only through pakistan has not been fruitful. Hence it needs to involve other richer neighbours to solve this mess permanently.

Belo Jun 23, 2016 08:47am

We must praise the efforts by the United States as a strong and true friend of Afghanistan.

It helped Afghanistan defeat Communism and it will help Afghanistan defeat terrorism.

Parvez Jun 23, 2016 08:47am

If the end objective is peace in the region, then it's a good step.

Aditya Jun 23, 2016 08:52am

Add Russia for more inclusive discussion.

mk Jun 23, 2016 09:03am

this is not going to happen, we are not going to see peace in near future..

hitman Jun 23, 2016 09:12am

this is substance!

Fateh Jang Jun 23, 2016 09:29am

Was it miscalculation or inability to keep the promise of bringing Taliban for peace talks? The unfortunate result is that Indians are setting on the table there.

khusbo Jun 23, 2016 09:36am

shows india's importance despite having no border with afghanistan

Zak Jun 23, 2016 09:38am

Confused US policy, holding peace process back. You can't kill those you are negotiating with. The replacement is even harder and has planned increased strikes on US presence in Afghanistan. Iran borders Afghanistan and is already appraised of the Q4 meetings by Pakistan, but India won't be allowed as they have no value in the process and don't border them. And US itself is dependent on Pakistan for bringing peace.

aslam shaikh1 Jun 23, 2016 09:38am

In other words, we have lost and before leaving we will destabilize the whole region to counter those who defeated us and counter China.

hitesh Jun 23, 2016 09:40am

Much needed step.

Salem Jun 23, 2016 09:40am

Include India and the ' unresolved kashmir conflict' spills over into the peace process so there will be no peace. US is trying to drag India by the scruff of its collar, everywhere to give it importance, but no one is buying it.

Shaukat Ali Khan Jun 23, 2016 09:43am

@Rohit

Like India has so many consulates in Afghanistan to facilitate RAW activities in Pakistan;

hitman Jun 23, 2016 09:45am

welcome this move

jab Jun 23, 2016 09:50am

Now that's called news...

Alam Jun 23, 2016 09:51am

India and Iran will persuade Taliban for peace talks. Ultimately US will have to withdraw remaining 9800 soldiers not by Obama but by the next US Govt. after further humiliations. Neither US nor India are interested in peace in Afghanistan. Burning Afghanistan will provide them chance to use that soil against Pakistan.

jmshed Jun 23, 2016 09:54am

US lost in the battle field and what options or authority it has in Afghanistan? This is last ditch effort by US and nothing will change in Afghanistan because same policies by same country, same people and same agenda is pushed with different results...Pakistan just has to wait it out for few more years.

Ali Jun 23, 2016 09:53am

yet another below to our so called foreign policy,, seems we have achieve nothing in past three years of efforts.. do we still dont need a full time foreign minister and revamp our foreign office,, ??

Ali Jun 23, 2016 09:56am

@Rohit yes nobody,, but the two new players are famous for installing, training, arming and financing proxies,, check the Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon. Afghanistan for the fact...

reader Jun 23, 2016 09:59am

Olson cannot be trusted and so can't be india at any cost.

Bilal Jun 23, 2016 10:00am

America is Showing ememity with Pakistan openly Now.. India has nothing to do in Afghanistan's future and they should be thrown out of Afghanistan at once.. InshAllah pakistan will make sure that they don't remain in Afghanistan....

SB Jun 23, 2016 10:02am

Iran has anyway legitimate role in Afganistan being an immediate neighbour. What is new is that USA formally endorsing it. Also understand that tri-party agreement on trade routes through Chabhar too had USA blessing. Yesterday Boeing and Iran signed agreement worth US$ 25 Billion. Just wait and watch the momentum of this alignment

Khan Jun 23, 2016 10:08am

Invite them in when peace talks when the Taliban is less interested in peace talks than ever before? This is 10 years too late.

na Jun 23, 2016 10:09am

That's a good representation of stake holders. Afganistan appreciates having Iran & India as both are culturally and religiously closer to Afghanistan (same like Pak). Hmm is India religiously close? Yes: http://www.mapsofworld.com/world-top-ten/world-top-ten-countries-with-largest-muslim-populations-map.html

Sunil Varma Jun 23, 2016 10:08am

Way to go ....India has centuries of friendship with Kabul and Persia ...it will be easy for these 3 states to work together for bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan and in the region at large.

Salim Khan Jun 23, 2016 10:13am

India and Iran actually have more influence in Afghanistan than Pakistan.

Khan Jun 23, 2016 10:23am

It is reasonable to include Iran as an important partner in talks but to say India has stakes in this part of the region is utter nonsense. Mr Olson get your geography right: China is closer to Afghanistan than India. Also, plz tell India to stop RAW sponsored terrorism in Pakistan by infiltrating agents through the porous borders of Afghanistan and Iran.

rahat Jun 23, 2016 10:24am

Amazing! What stake India has got in Afghanistan where they have no shared border. Probably Mr. Oslan is talking about the $2 billion which India spent there in philanthropy projects.

naqeeb Jun 23, 2016 10:31am

good decision!! Pakistan shouldn't have dragged in to this mess!! America,India and Iran should break their heads.

Logic Jun 23, 2016 10:33am

Everyone knows US has no role to play in Afghanistan except as a spoiler.

Bokhari Jun 23, 2016 10:35am

Which peace process?

Wariss Jun 23, 2016 10:38am

Good Move

Ahmed Jun 23, 2016 10:57am

@Rohit : only India can have its proxies in Afghnistan so that it can cause harm to Pakistan.

Wolf from downunder Jun 23, 2016 11:05am

It shows that US has no plan for Afg.

Ali Jun 23, 2016 11:08am

Americans pivot Asia policy has started to unfold. India seems to be another pawn in the game. Middle East bears testimony to the American peace efforts and democratic dispensation of justice. Afghanistan does need in general support of the rest of the world but only neighbours and big powers (which India dreams of and is not) should be involved in the peace process.

سے Shaam (Hanafi) Jun 23, 2016 11:14am

This was bound to happen sooner than later because of investments made by India in both Iran and Afghanistan. Diplomatically, this will position India in a stronger bargaining power with Pakistan.

Ganesh Jun 23, 2016 11:29am

Great work Modiji

Abdulla Hussain Jun 23, 2016 11:44am

When India had no contribution in war why should it be made a party in the peace process, India has no border with Afghanistan either. Pakistan should reassess the new development in Afghanistan specially when america wants to bring in India.

Gaz Jun 23, 2016 11:47am

@khusbo Indians are so desperate for self importance. Get a grip.

Akram Jun 23, 2016 11:53am

Simple geography limits India's role in Afghan future. However, no harm in keeping up hopes.

Sympathiser Jun 23, 2016 11:58am

Good move indeed...

aslam shaikh1 Jun 23, 2016 12:02pm

US has lost and now they want Iran and India to take over the fight.

Ind Jun 23, 2016 12:09pm

In derailing the afghan peace process, US and NDS actions speak louder then words

Hakim Afghani Jun 23, 2016 12:11pm

As an Afghan I welcome Our brotherly and friendly nation India and Iran also.

M Ali Jun 23, 2016 12:14pm

US failed miserably in Vietnam .It invasion of Iraq created chaos in the middle east and lead to rise of I.S .It is failing in Afghanistan .US is bigger failure of bring peace in world ,it rather the creator of chaos.

timetostopthis Jun 23, 2016 12:32pm

This was inevitable considering India's close relationship with Afghanistan and Iran.

Ibrahem Kabuli Jun 23, 2016 12:36pm

India is always WELCOME!

Hannan Jun 23, 2016 12:43pm

That's good, now the game is clear and will help Pakistan Further. Good Job USA, India & Iran...

M. Asghar Jun 23, 2016 12:45pm

Beyond the usual rhetoric, USA are doing everything to mess up the situation in the region to advance their self-interests in the region - the containment of China and its allies!

Osman Jun 23, 2016 12:47pm

Why India?

Osman Jun 23, 2016 12:47pm

@ROHIT: Especially India.

Zak Jun 23, 2016 12:54pm

Mr Olson concentrate as much on Kashmir resolution, then Afghanistan will sort itself out.

bharat Jun 23, 2016 01:05pm

@Zak

When there are bigger issues than Kashmir like Baluchistan.Dont try to sweep it under the carpet.

Mare Jun 23, 2016 01:09pm

I think it's time Pakistan disengaged from the 'peace process'. India has no interesr ib making things better for Pakistan.

SK Jun 23, 2016 01:12pm

@Osman Afghanistan is a sovereign country and it can choose its friends. It is not a state of Pakistan. The sooner that is realised the better it will be for Pakistan.

Arif Jun 23, 2016 01:13pm

Let's see where this peace process go this time.

Zain Jun 23, 2016 01:21pm

@Ibrahem Kabuli yeah but we won't allow it. Try another 15 years.

Timeto stopthis Jun 23, 2016 01:22pm

@nope Stop behaving like Afghanistan is another province of Pakistan. Its a sovereign country and can make its own decisions. Get used to it.

Rajesh Jun 23, 2016 01:48pm

Now Iran is also moving away from Pakistan ally.

BanglaGuy Jun 23, 2016 01:55pm

India has got boder with Afganistan through disputed territory of J&K. India was always neightbour of Afganistan. Its Pakistan which seperated from india but afganistans status as indias neightbour emains the same.

Bikram Singh Jun 23, 2016 02:13pm

@Zak Why not Blochistan ZAK

SDA Jun 23, 2016 02:19pm

@Deepak Kumar It is now Indai's tactic to start investments in every country to call its own. India should focus and develop projects within its own boundary rather than trying to develop others to earn a good name. There thousands of Indians who do not have food or shelter over their head. Please fix your own house first than look here and there. You guys are simply ridiculing yourselves in the international market.

M.S Jun 23, 2016 02:31pm

India will have no role in establishing peace in Afghanistan. It only wants to destabalize Pakistan. Iran is welcome and should play positive role.

Qamar Ahmed Jun 23, 2016 02:32pm

US is committed only to its interest. They believe in divide and rule. They know how to rule the globe. If India Afghanistan and Iran abandon the policy of destabilizing Pakistan then the region can do better. Leave Us alone decide yourselves

M.S Jun 23, 2016 02:32pm

@SK Please get the facts right. Afghanistan is not quite fully sovereign, rather it is under external occupation.

immo Jun 23, 2016 02:45pm

do it then we will see how fruitless it is going to be just like the war in Afghanistan itself destined for failure I hope indians get the plot before they are pushed into a bottomless i.e. Afghanistan.

Taimoor Khan Jun 23, 2016 02:47pm

Time has come now for both Pakistan and China to kick America out of this peace process and the two needs to act aggressively for the peace in Afghanistan and in the region. Extra regional nations shouldn't have any say on how the peace should be brought into Afghanistan. American intentions are clear, they dont want any peace in this region to keep the economic process down specially of Pakistan and try to sabotage CPEC, and by showing intentions of getting India into this, a peace spoiler, they are showing their true intentions.

OSD Jun 23, 2016 02:53pm

This is just politics and no one is bothered with the plight of the Afghans. India and Iran will only work to expand their own interests, while the USA will withdraw happily from another mess which they have created for this region.

Subu Jun 23, 2016 02:57pm

@Akram Geography can be overcome by economics. Read 7th grade history books on how Alexander, Nadir Shah et all did it

mehul Jun 23, 2016 03:12pm

@nope The last time i checked afghanistan and pakistan are different countries.

A shah Jun 23, 2016 03:32pm

Pakistan is going to be left exposed now as China will run a mile.

Raja Parekh Jun 23, 2016 03:41pm

I think if Pakistan had been sincere in its peace efforts with Afghanistan and not pursuing strategic depth this problem would have been solved long back. India is just there for helping in building infrastructure projects. The fact that whole world have endorsed except Pakistan.

A shah Jun 23, 2016 03:50pm

India US Iran Afganistan China coalition will fix Afganistan problems.

Tamil Guru Jun 23, 2016 03:52pm

@Abdulla Hussain asks :-> When India had no contribution in war why should it be made a party in the peace process?.

India has contributed to peaceful projects in Afghanistan and not the war.

Sunil Jun 23, 2016 03:57pm

@Qamar Ahmed Is Pakistan stable right now, with happenings (killing of Sabri, Ahmedi doctor, kidnapping of Judges son) in Karachi?

aslam shaikh1 Jun 23, 2016 04:10pm

US thinks they don't need our help, fine. If they are unwilling to close terrorist training centers and sanctuaries in Afghanistan, fine. We will focus on terrorists who are doing activities in Pakistan and make an example of them.

aslam shaikh1 Jun 23, 2016 04:10pm

@Rohit and only you should?

Azmeen Jun 23, 2016 04:16pm

It is US policy which matters.

Sairat Jun 23, 2016 04:18pm

its indeed a good step

Sudhir Neyalasinger Jun 23, 2016 04:19pm

@Abdulla Hussain Exactly the point. US needs Pakistan to take care of the bellicose Taliban and the Haquani networks as Pakistan has an army which has been fighting war in this region. Iran and India have the capital to invest in Afghanistan, build roads and infrastructure.

SB Jun 23, 2016 04:26pm

@Zak Pakistan need to resolve Kashmir issue with India bilaterally ...Remember Shimla agreement signed by late Zulfikar Bhutto, visionary and dynamic leader of Pakistan , in 1971

Sudhir Neyalasinger Jun 23, 2016 04:27pm

@Zain Who are you to allow and not allow anything?

mirza Jun 23, 2016 04:35pm

Interesting strategy, Americans are bend upon to see India as new Policeman in South Asia, as they tried Australia in South East Asia. If they talk about China or Russia it would have made more sense, India - which has no borders, no cultural or customs goes beyond logic. Peace is not in their mind.

Shahid Jun 23, 2016 04:51pm

No way Pakistan will accept any Indian role in this peace process and without Pakistan they can only have a fishing excursion at Salma Dam. In contrast, Iran's inclusion is merited and would be helpful.

Tamil Guru Jun 23, 2016 05:11pm

Why is Pakistan trying to control Afghanistan's foreign policy when in the first place it needs to get a foreign minister and review at its own foreign policies.

junaid Jun 23, 2016 05:19pm

Afghanistan does not need Pakistan help. Pakistan should get out of this affair altogether and look after own people and own borders and invest in the welfare of own people. No point of getting involve in other countries even for help if own home is not stable economically.

M. Siddique Jun 23, 2016 05:19pm

Mr. Ambassador, what stakes India has in Afghanistan except for being a destabilizing force in Pakistan. Iran and Pakistan have borders with Afghanistan and have direct stakes. Inviting India is like asking Iraq to join in peace process. NO.

M. Siddique Jun 23, 2016 05:21pm

@Desi Dimag, NO, India will never play a positive role in Afghanistan.

aslam shaikh1 Jun 23, 2016 05:24pm

@SB sure, just follow the UN resolution to let Kashmir vote.

ali Jun 23, 2016 05:48pm

Why india, they have no business in afghanistan. Uncle sham just trying to force it upon us. We need a strong honest leader who can say no.

SAR Jun 23, 2016 05:49pm

@vinit Yeah Sure Rich :)

Wiki about Indian Poverty:

"World Bank estimates of the "below-the-poverty-line" households that may total about 100 million (or about 456 million individuals"

Kranti Jun 23, 2016 05:53pm

Afghanistan future in safe hands

Irad Jun 23, 2016 06:01pm

What people of Afghanistan want - peace or instability? That factor will decide who all should be present at the table.

Rajendra Tiwari Jun 23, 2016 06:18pm

@Zak US also has no border with Afghanistan! All parties which have substantial stakes in administration of Afghanistan, political or non-political, should be involved to find resolution of current conflict in the country.

Abdul Jun 23, 2016 06:19pm

Makes sense. India and Iran can make peace process possible in Afghanistan

Desi Dimag Jun 23, 2016 06:28pm

@M. Siddique Better ask an Afghan, he will say how positive India is to them.

Ghaznavi Jun 23, 2016 06:32pm

We least care even if US includes Israel in this equation. We just want nothing to do with this ungrateful nation. Keep digging the trench

Insaf Jun 23, 2016 06:37pm

@nope Pakistan and China are not final authority. India can not be ignored

Saeen Jun 23, 2016 06:40pm

@nope , You nailed it

Ali Jun 23, 2016 06:43pm

India and Iran to join Afghan peace process? That is welcome news, but they must first stop state-sponsored terrorism. India has used Iran and Afghanistan's territory for launching terrorism in Pakistan, such shocking revelations and proof came from Indian Navy Commander Jadav, who was based in Iran's Chabahar Port.

The US/NATO spent over a trillion dollars in 14 year Afghan war. Though NATO combat mission ended, the war did "not". The US continues to deploy 10,000 troops and spend $5 billion annually to prop up the Afghan government. Terrorists hold sway across Afghanistan, the government's writ limited only to Kabul.

The US has greatest responsibility for regional and world peace. Its policies must be firm and honest. President Obama must "demand" India stop state-sponsoring terrorism?

East indian Jun 23, 2016 06:42pm

Interestingly iran and usa coming closer , one way or the other.

Mustafa R. Jun 23, 2016 06:54pm

One more of America's wishes that is not going to come true in Afghanistan.

Mustafa R. Jun 23, 2016 06:59pm

@Deepak Kumar;

'Investment' doesn't grant you a stake in matters of sovereignty. US had $1200 Billion 'invested' in Iraq. India is trying to establish an East India Company in Afghanistan, China and Pakistan would not permit it.

Mustafa R. Jun 23, 2016 07:00pm

Here we go again, they want their friend India included like in NSG. Once again, China and Pakistan are the stumbling block.

N_Saq Jun 23, 2016 07:04pm

This is called political brinkmanship. US is trying to put pressure on Pak with its India move. US and the world knows that all roads to peace in Afghanistan goes through Islamabad. What Pak needs is security guarantees without that there will be no peace.

Rohit Singh Jun 23, 2016 07:04pm

Richard kerry brought Iran and US closer. Good diplomacy as sanctions and isolation was not working in case of Iran. I guess world needs to engage N Korea as well.

Khurshid from Kalabat Jun 23, 2016 07:05pm

The Afghan problem was not resolved when there were only 3 parties on the table and now there will be five parties to agree. Good Luck

Khurshid from Kalabat Jun 23, 2016 07:07pm

Pakistan do not need to sit with the India on this issue. Pakistan should pull out and let India, Iran, and US solve the Afghan issues.

Rohit Singh Jun 23, 2016 07:13pm

Pakistan has a concern India is destabilising Pakistan through Afghanistan. I think solution lies with Pakistan only. Why cant they engage Afghan govt and start people to people contact i mean Pakistan is much closer to Afghanistan and can be its closest ally, But i am sorry till that time if Afghan Taliban keep carrying out suicide attacks and its leaders have a free ride in Pakistan then how can you convince an ordinary Afghan citizen that you are their well wishers.

lafanga Jun 23, 2016 07:45pm

@BanglaGuy "India has got boder with Afganistan through disputed territory of J&K. India was always neightbour of Afganistan. Its Pakistan which seperated from india but afganistans status as indias neightbour emains the same."

According to your logic, Pakistan shares a border with Turkey in the West and Pacific ocean in the East.

lafanga Jun 23, 2016 07:54pm

@Rohit Singh It's the Uzbeks and the Tajiks, mostly persian speaking Afghans, who have been against Pakistan historically. It's to do with the Durand line and Afghans were the last to accept Pakistan as a separate country. So this is not new. It's historical. This was compounded after the Soviets left Afghanistan and Afghans started butchering each other along ethnic lines. This went on for about five years until 1994 and 1000's were killed and BTW Pakistan had nothing to do with it. To calm the situation Pakistan backed the newly formed Taliban to bring some peace to Afghanistan. They did bring peace but it had to be done by force. The Northern alliance which opposed Taliban hold a grudge against Pakistan ever since which is why they bend over for the Indians.

So you see, this is not as cut and dry as blaming Pakistan for the Afghan mess. They don't realize that Pakistan has 4 millions Afghan refugees to this day who refuse to go back.

Ghulam Samdani Jun 23, 2016 08:04pm

Bottom line. US does not want the Taliban to oppose ISIS in Afghanistan. US wants to use Afghanistan as a hub and a conduit for ISIS to penetrate Central Asia to destabilize Russia and disrupt the One Belt One Road communication and energy lines straddling between China and Europe. As reported selectively in international media, Mullah Mansour was returning from Iran after meeting with a Russian delegation. ISIS penetration into Central Asia is way behind schedule and US is getting frustrated.

Gurpreet Singh Jun 23, 2016 08:08pm

@nope : Sorry but you are nobody to allow or disallow anyone in Afghanistan. Please don't overestimate yourself.

Mustafa R. Jun 23, 2016 08:19pm

@Desi Dimag;

' Good decision by the USA.'

It is not a decision but a desire, Afghan people are not known for catering to the desires of empires

sana-1 Jun 23, 2016 09:09pm

@BanglaGuy Similarly, Pakistan shares a border with Bangladesh and Nepal....

sana-1 Jun 23, 2016 09:12pm

@East indian That will never happen....its more complicated then what you think.

sana-1 Jun 23, 2016 09:15pm

@Deepak Kumar India always had a stake in Afghanistan....Russian invasion was supported by only one country...Afghan's best friend, India! Had it not been Russian invasion Afghanistan was already a peaceful country...

P Datta Jun 23, 2016 09:24pm

I feel this may ultimately give Indian and Pakistani a chance to fight together as real brothers against terrorism in future.

sana-1 Jun 23, 2016 09:26pm

@Desi Dimag Of course, now the peace process will excel...when the miscreants are made responsible then what happens?

Zak Jun 23, 2016 09:42pm

@Deepak Kumar india is living on borrowed money. It is in Afghanistan to make problem for pakistan. That is to deflect the focus off kashmir. Resolve kashmir, rest all disappears.

Raja Jun 24, 2016 10:23am

Pakistan & China opposed India's membership of NSG. As a retaliation US is involving India in Afghanistan peace process.
India would get NSG membership later, involvement in Afghan peace process is compensation for the delay.