According to the report, Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists are present in large numbers in the southern provinces of Kandahar and Helmand, due to which diplomats and security personnel were evacuated. According to recent estimates by Afghan security agencies, more than 7,000 Lashkar-e-Taiba fighters are fighting alongside the Taliban in southern Afghanistan.
Significantly, in the wake of escalating violence in many parts of Afghanistan, the Indian Embassy on Tuesday last week issued an advisory asking all Indians living and working in the country to avoid non-essential travel. In the consultation, the embassy had said that the security situation in several provinces in Afghanistan remains “alarming” and terrorist groups have increased violent activities and there are incidents of attacks targeting civilians. It was told by the embassy that Indian citizens are in danger of being kidnapped.
There have been several incidents of violence and attacks in Afghanistan in the past few weeks. These incidents come at a time when the US wants to completely withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by September 11, ending two decades of US military presence in the war-torn country. India is deeply concerned about the increasing incidents of violence and the Taliban’s efforts to increase its influence in Afghanistan. India is an important party to peace and stability in Afghanistan. India has invested about 3 billion dollars in development works in this country. India has always spoken of supporting the Afghanistan-led, controlled and owned peace process.