Wary of Pakistan, India hesitant over Karzai wish list for military hardwar

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  1. nair

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    NEW DELHI: In the backdrop of a Nato withdrawal and fears of a Taliban resurgence, Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday said he had given the Indian government a 'wish list' for military equipment. The list, said sources, comes after considerable discussions with Afghanistan on what exactly they would want. New Delhi has committed to provide training, equipment and capacity building for Afghan armed forces as part of the strategic partnership pact signed in 2011.

    However, India appears more hesitant this time, largely because of the Pakistan factor. Afghan foreign minister Zalmai Rassoul observed, "A decade ago the BJP government wanted to help us militarily but we refused, due to Pakistan's sensitivities. This time, we are keen, but India is hesitant."

    In response, MEA spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said, "There was a discussion on political and security issues, without going into specifics. But he said at the end of Karzai's visit, the nation stood ready to help in all the areas that Afghanistan asked for.

    "India is ready to stand by Afghanistan as a close, friendly and historic neighbour through these transitions and will play a due and responsible role in this regard," he added.

    Karzai took a more diplomatic approach. "We understand when India can help and when it cannot," he said. Addressing a press conference before returning to Kabul, Karzai said in relation to India's economic capacity, it had been the largest donor in Afghanistan. While he did not specify what exactly he had asked for, officials said Afghanistan had asked for artillery and attack helicopters.

    India's hesitation this time seems to stem from certain factors: Pakistan is certainly on UPA's mind, particularly if they want to be cordial with the Nawaz Sharif government and are not sure how this would play out in Islamabad. Second, India's own defence hardware is of rather low order. In fact, New Delhi is the world's largest importer of military hardware itself.

    The future of the Taliban-Afghan peace process may also have an effect. Karzai sought to dispel any notion that he might continue as president after 2014. "There are two reasons. First, I am exhausted, and I want to retire. Second, why would I ruin my legacy and take an opportunity away from Afghanistan to become an institutionalized democracy? It's not good for me or Afghanistan," he explained.

    Wary of Pakistan, India hesitant over Karzai wish list for military hardware - The Times of India


    How funny.... When india was ready to help them they were not ready..... Now when they want india is not ready..... Any way I support this stand...
     
  2. Spring Onion

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    any reason for supporting it nair?
     
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    A very viable point, perhaps Karazai is not aware of such shortcomings.
     
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    I think mayor wants to protect Islamic Republic of Kabul with his Guards
     
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    Pakistan is far important for India than Afghanistan if you see strategically and for Future development of India in terms of economy, Trade, Partnership, Trade routes etc.
     
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    Everyone knows what happens if some one enters to that piece of land in uniform...... More over if you are going to have friendly government in pakistan..... Its not worth it.....
     
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    So i assumed from PDF Indians that INDIAN DON'T GIVE A DAMN TO PAKISTAN CONCERNS in case of helping Afghans.
    What happened !
    There was so many bubbles like MKI, LCA, ARJUN etc etc for Afghan friends, they all burst at once. Why do you guys pollute PDF with that much HOT AIR.
     
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    Looks like Chankya niti at work

    Verbal assurance to Placate the Pakistanis and Avoid being at Cross hairs of Taliban.

    Weapons Will probably be transfered behind the Scene.

    Win Win for Everyone.
     
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    Manmohan doing this to please Nawaz.........

    its small victory for Pakistan and big defeat for India
     
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    You missed out the suggestion that a few Indian nukes be given to Afghanistan as well by some Indian members here :D
     
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    You think he's an idiot? He's the President of a country, for God's sake! He must have done his homework before coming. :P
     
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    we well come them if indians send them to afghanistan
    because after 2014 taliban will rule again
     
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    I fail to see how this is a defeat for India, its not a zero-sum game. It is quite clear that Indian Strategic Planners have calculated that India will attach more importance to its relations with Pakistan compared to Afghanistan. With NS in power, expect more friendly overtures from the Pakistani side towards India because it appears that NS is adamant on improving relations with India. If India does provide sensitive weapons to Afghanistan, those weapons that cross Pakistan's red lines, you can be quite sure that Pakistan will take steps to counter that.
     
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    For India securing it's western border is much more important than aiding Afghanistan with advanced weapons.The recent effort of NS for building up a revised fresh relationship must be appreciated.As long as he is able to restrain the anti Indian non state actors ( don't know how long he could do that),any kind of advanced military support to karzai should be shelved.