The Taliban have seized an Indian attack helicopter from Kunduz airport in Afghanistan.
India is concerned about the change in Afghanistan. The Taliban’s march towards Kabul is deepening the worries on the foreheads of policymakers in the South Block. That concern has been heightened because the Taliban have seized an Indian attack helicopter given as a ‘gift’ to the Afghan army.
In 2019, the friendly country Afghan Air Force had four ‘Mi-35’ attack helicopters. The state-of-the-art gunships carry a wide range of weapons, from rockets and missiles. One of them was kept at Kunduz airport.
According to a social media post, the Taliban had taken one of the few Mi-35 helicopter gunships that India had given to the Afghan army from Kunduz airport yesterday.
However, another local source claimed that the helicopter had become useless. As a result, the Taliban will not be able to use it. However, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs has not commented on the matter.
It is worth mentioning that in 2016, these four Mi-35 helicopters were stored at Pathankot Air Force Base. These service helicopters were also known to be targeted by militants.
US President Joe Biden has begun withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. He decides that the Afghans will be their future controllers. The Taliban are encouraged. In the face of their attacks, the Afghan government is crumbling like a house of cards.
Militants are carrying out inhumane atrocities by occupying one province after another. In the last twenty years, India has built more than 400 projects in 34 areas of Afghanistan. Bilateral trade amounts to one and a half-billion dollars.
The Taliban have verbally assured that they will not harm the Indian project. But India is not sure. China is working hard to include Afghanistan in its Belt and Road Initiative. There is no guarantee that they will not embarrass India again in East Ladakh.
In short, India’s good and evil in Afghanistan will now depend on the will of others. India’s role is just that of the audience.
Devika Chowdhury – She is a professional news editor, writer, and blogger for the last 10 years. She is working with NewsGater as an off-beat news editor cum writer.