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To Cope with Taliban


After the deadliest attacks by Taliban on Kabul and other different cities. India and Afghanistan are looking to recondition their information sharing mechanism.

During the Meeting of foreign minister SM Krishna with his Afghan counterpart Zalmai Rassoul this week decided that the two countries must avoid the practice of sharing information through “routine letters” instead information sharing must be prompt and immediate.

Kabul and several other cities were attacked by Taliban on April 15. Kabul, where the situation has been relatively at ease for quite some time had witnessed the most ferocious attacks recently, although the main target was not the Indian establishment. Targeting the diplomatic enclave raised concerns amongst Indian officials. The Indians official said that a more sophisticated and timely information sharing will limit the severity of any such attacks by Taliban, and a thorough and detailed plan should be devised to stop any such incident in future.

An official said "We are working on a new mechanism and from now on the intelligence sharing will be on a more immediate basis instead of through routine letters to counter Taliban attacks in future''.

The official added "Our ambassador in Kabul has already been asked by Krishna to share details promptly with Afghan authorities and ensure follow up action to avert any disaster. He will take up the matter again with the Afghanistan foreign minister when he discusses security issues,'

A security alert was issued by the Indian authorities on March 19 about attacks by Anti-Government Elements in public places. Sources said that Zalmai Rassoul will brief SM Krishna about the attacks that were carried out by the Taliban and the counter measures that were taken to prevent those attacks.

The first meeting of the India-Afghanistan partnership counsel will be chaired by both SM Krishna and Zalmai Rassoul.

"The visit forms part of the high-level engagement between the two countries and provides an opportunity for both countries to review and consolidate the implementation of their strategic partnership,''. A statement issued by the foreign ministry addressing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, National security advisor Shivashankar Menon and the Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

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