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India, which supported a democratic government in Afghanistan before the fall of Kabul to the Taliban *, now follows a “wait and watch” approach in the nation. One of Afghanistan’s largest regional donors since 2001, the takeover of the country by the Taliban has led India to significantly reduce its diplomatic presence.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Wednesday urged India to work on a “common strategy” with other countries in the region on the security situation in Afghanistan.

The minister was responding to a question of whether he would address the issue of Delhi’s alleged support for Daesh-K * with other regional governments.

“For the whole region and also for India, it is important to discuss and develop a common strategy regarding developments in Afghanistan. We need international unity. We must stay united. And the fact that the United Nations Security Council has adopted a resolution is an important step in that direction, ”said the senior German diplomat.

Maas was addressing a press conference with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad. He is visiting five countries in Turkey, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan and Qatar, according to the German foreign ministry.

The remarks come days after a suicide bombing attack at Kabul international airport, claimed by Daesh-K, killed 13 American soldiers and 169 Afghans.

Speaking about the issue of India’s alleged support for the group, Qureshi said he has constantly warned the world community about the role of “spoilers” in the Afghan peace process.

“Beware. We have constantly warned the international community about the role of spoilers inside and beyond Afghanistan. The international goal is peace and stability. The international community must discern between those who stand on the side of peace and stability and must differentiate between those who, out of personal interest, take measures which will not be useful to promote peace and stability ”, he added. Qureshi said.

Pakistan’s foreign minister added that he had raised the issue during his bilateral consultations with other governments.

Qureshi also accused India of carrying out a terrorist attack on a dam project in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in July, which left nine Chinese engineers dead.

He also said in June this year that Islamabad had “compelling evidence” that India was running nearly 66 terrorist training camps inside Afghanistan for violent Pakistan-based jihadist groups such as as the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) and the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA).

In November last year, Qureshi claimed that Indian agencies were also targeting infrastructure projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the flagship initiative of the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. supported by Beijing.

In February this year Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan accused Delhi of using Daesh (ISIS) * to incite unrest in the country.

“It is the unanimous opinion of our government and our security agencies that India supports ISIS,” Khan said at the time.

India has repeatedly denied Pakistan’s allegations of supporting terrorist groups against Islamabad.

“India has been at the forefront of global counterterrorism efforts in partnership with the international community, which is well aware of Pakistan’s terrorism credentials. These desperate attempts by Pakistan to peddle lies and propaganda will therefore find few takers, ”Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said on August 13, while responding to Islamabad’s allegations.

* The Taliban, Daesh (ISIS / ISIL / “Islamic State”) and Daesh-K are terrorist organizations banned in Russia and in many other countries.


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