Developments in Indo-Afghan relations since Post-Taliban Era
Shakoor Ahmad Dar, Dr. Sadhana Pandey
After the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001, India came out in a big way and New Delhi reached out to renew ties with Kabul. Many current Afghan leaders including President Hamid Karzai, studied at Indian universities resulted in further boosting the India-Afghanistan relations. Hamid Karzai took the reins of Afghanistan’s interim government. Jaswant Singh, then External Affairs Minister, on December 22, 2001 returned to Afghanistan both to observe the inauguration of Hamid Karzai as head of the interim government of Afghanistan and to reopen the Indian embassy, which had closed the day before the Taliban seized Kabul in 1996.The continuous tensed and problematic relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan resulted in India’s close alliance and strengthened ties with Afghanistan as Afghanistan accusing Pakistan for supporting and sheltering the Taliban outfits. After the fall of Taliban and US invasion in Afghanistan in 2001, India offered Intelligence support and established diplomatic relations with Afghanistan and also dynamically contributed in reconstruction and rebuilding efforts there.