Afghanistan terms Pak's claim of India's destructive role in Kabul as 'baseless'

Kabul [Afghanistan], Apr. 10 (ANI): Afghanistan has rejected Pakistan's allegations that India is playing a destructive role in Kabul. It called it as baseless.

Khamma Press quoted Afghanistan's Defense Ministry spokesman, General Dawlat Waziri, as saying that India has no military presence in the country and it is only providing training and study opportunities to Afghan Army cadets.

He said it is misunderstanding on the part of Islamabad that the India is fuelling anti-Pakistan feelings with its presence in Afghanistan.

The remarks came after Pakistan's Defence Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif had claimed that strained relations between Kabul and Islamabad were due to Indian influence on the Afghanistan side.

Speaking to a private news channel, Asif said that Pakistan was serious about improving relations between the two countries.

India has played a major role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime and has invested over USD 2 billion in various reconstruction and infrastructure projects.

The construction of the Salma Dam, the new Afghan parliament building, the Zaranj-Delaram Highway, and some other projects are among the key investments India has been involved so far in the country. (ANI)