Wednesday, November 09, 2011 – India is intending to train Afghan National Army officers in India’s Counter Insurgency Military University in the frame work of the strategic agreement which was signed between the two nations in New Delhi last month.
According to officials, the move by the Indian government to train Afghan army officers in Indian military universities will further increase Pakistan’s fear for being sieged.
Besides, India will also provide training facilities for the Afghan Air Force pilots and provide ligjt military arms to Afghan National Army soldiers.
The new strategic pact between the two nations will further pave the way for the India to influence its presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014, which is the deadline for the complete withdrawal of all the NATO-led coalition forces from Afghanistan
An Indian security official quoted by Reuters said, “As far as I know, Afghan Army officers and future Army trainers of Afghanistan are trained in Indian military universities so that they should become capable to participate in real war missions.”
In the meantime, analysts believe that India is struggling to further improve its influence in the region beyond 2014 by providing military trainings for Afghan Armed forces and boosting the capabilities of Afghan National Army soldiers besides the $2 billion which has been vowed by the Indian government in the infrastrcuture reconstruction of Afghanistan.
The strategic pact between Afghanistan and India is also considered to be re-ordering regional coalition which has been supported by the United States following the escalation of tensions between US and Islamabad.
Joshua Foust, a security analyst at the American Security Project said, “I think it is a big deal which is having a support by New Delhi and Washington.”
Joshua Foust further added, they believe that this deal will not have any serious reaction, but I do not agree with them.
On the other hand, Pakistan which considers its self as the key player in resolving Afghan issues frequently warns for the influence of India in the region and emphasizes that India’s influence will destablize the region.
A retired India Army General, Ashok Mehta said, “The doors for the training of Afghan Air Force officers and Afghan police have been opened. Afghans are struggling to create an Army with the same level as the India Army which sould comprise of individuals from across the Afghanistan with variety of ethnic groups and religious groups.”
According to Gen. Mehta, Afghanistan does not consider an Army that is influenced by Islamic extemists.
Based on the strategic pact between the two nations, Afghanistan will be equipped by lights arms including rifles and rocket launchers from India to fill the vacuum of light weapons in the Afghan national army.
But Kamran Bukhari, deputy for the Middle East and South Asia affairs in STRATFOR intelligence advisory institution said, sharing of intelligence information between the two nations will be the most important section of Afghanistan-India partnership.
Mr. Bukhari further added, military cooperation between the two nations will be on a limited level as the two nations are not having borders because Pakistan is situated between them.
He said, but sharing intelligence informations will not require borders and the two nations will be able to do important works in this regard.