On Thursday, India and Afghanistan signed an MoU under which India will be training the Afghanistan police as first move to aid the war-torn country. Okay, so what is it about?

‘Deepening’ the bilateral relations, India and Afghanistan exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Thursday, under which India will help in training and development of Afghanistan police – for the first time ever. This comes just a few weeks after US urged India to provide more support to the battled-up South Asian country of Afghanistan. Recently, an Indo-Afghan trade show was organised at New Delhi as an attempt to boost economic relations between the two countries. And now we will be training Afghan police; training for what, again? For developing a peaceful, united, inclusive and democratic Afghanistan, of course! Just like India is?

The MoU was signed right after Afghan Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah met PM Modi, who had promised and shown India’s commitment towards ‘helping Afghanistan’. During the meeting, both leaders exchanged the need of building a secure environment in Afghanistan with mutual cooperation and coordination. As a conclusion to the meeting, the MoU for Technical Cooperation on Police Training and Development was exchanged in the presence of the two leaders. Dr Abdullah Abdullah has also met with Indian President Ram Nath Kovind as well as Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj during his 4-day visit. This is not the first time India has extended a hand to help Afghanistan stand up, India has been helping trouble-torn Afghanistan in capacity building besides extending assistance in social, medical and educational fields.

In tries of stabilizing Afghanistan’s environment – which is a great thing to do, India must not forget that Afghan strategy is internationally sensitive. And the country cannot afford any more enemies, not in near neighbourhood at all. With all these boosts, which I say again – are very good, India might hurt the ‘sentiments’ of other neighbours and we all know it is no good to trigger a war. This may seem hasty, but wars are triggered out of dire reasons – history justifies that. Taking international level bilateral steps for a disputed region, such as Afghanistan is a dicey job anyway.

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