Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 17
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday thanked the Afghan authorities after the final of the seven Indians kidnapped two and a half years again returned to India on September 12.
Last month, two of them had returned to India. The MEA had then too thanked Kabul for its “constant and unwavering support” in securing their launch.
These Indians have been working for Maharashtra-based KEC in an space that has seen pioneering work by India after the autumn of the Taliban regime in 2001.
KEC owns an electrical energy substation contract within the space and has over 60 Indians working at completely different areas throughout Afghanistan.
India had constructed the ability transmission line from Pul-e-Khumri, near the place the kidnapping passed off, to Kabul as a part of a number of improvement initiatives within the aftermath of the ouster of the Taliban authorities in 2001.
One Indian had returned in March final 12 months and three got here again final October in alternate of 11 Taliban prisoners.
The countryside of Baghlan province the place the kidnapping passed off has swung between the Taliban and US-backed forces a number of occasions and is now reportedly a significant kidnapping centre.
However, extra worryingly, Pakistan has began throwing spanners in Indian developmental initiatives by accusing Indian engineers engaged on improvement initiatives as terrorists.
Pakistan’s try and escalate the difficulty, nonetheless, backfired after the us didn’t agree with its demand to checklist a few of them as worldwide terrorists.