While India and Afghanistan entered a “strategic partnership agreement” in 2011, Delhi has been wary of supplying arms and ammunition to Afghanistan. Delhi’s defence cooperation with Kabul so far has been largely limited to training Afghan troops. Back in 2016, India also supplied four Russia-made attack helicopters to Afghanistan.
The Afghanistan Embassy in Delhi has denied news reports that New Delhi has been supplying arms to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) to help fight the Taliban.
Multiple Pakistan-based sources, including leading English daily The Express Tribune, have claimed that India flew in “two cargo planes” loaded with artillery shells to Afghanistan on 2 July.
According to the newspaper, the same cargo planes returned with around 50 Indian officials from New Delhi’s consulate in Kandahar.
India’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 11 July disclosed that “India-based personnel” at the Kandahar consulate had been flown back due to “intense fighting” in the southern Afghanistan province, which borders Pakistan.
In the ongoing hostilities between the Taliban and Afghan government forces, New Delhi has consistently thrown its weight behind an “Afghan-owned, Afghan-controlled, and Afghan-led” peace process, at the same time maintaining that it’s in touch with “various stakeholders” in the war-ravaged nation.
“We are both committed to an independent, sovereign, united and democratic…