Mumbai: Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai arrived in Mumbai on Friday afternoon on a four-day visit during which he would discuss with Indian leadership the regional security situation and Indian are also keen to discuss their engagement in rebuilding efforts in the Afghanistan.
Most significant and frustrated development for Pakistan will be a pact that President Hamid Karzai is expected to sign with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh after the meeting.
According to NDTV report India has agreed to train up to 600 Afghan Army officers every year in India under a military-to-military cooperation under the umbrella of the Strategic Partnership Agreement that was signed between Kabul and New Delhi in 2011 when President Karzai was given a grand reception in India.
Pakistan is not happy since the Strategic Partnership Agreement was signed between Indian and Afghanistan because Pakistan do not like the growing Indian role in that war-torn country in both civil and military sectors.
Hamid karzai is visiting Indian when Pakistan and Afghanistan are due to hold crucial talks next week in Islamabad to revive a stalled process seeking direct negotiations with the Afghan Taliban.
Salahuddin Rabbani, who heads the Afghan High Peace Council is expected to travel to Pakistan next week to resume discussions on the Afghan reconciliation process.
Under the agreement, India, which has the world’s third-largest army, agreed to train, equip and build the capacity of the Afghan forces.
Mumbai, the country’s financial capital, is the first port of call for the Afghan leader, who will attend a dinner hosted by Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan in his honor.
He will engage with leaders of Indian businesses to seek investments for his country, ravaged by decades of conflict, at a session organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and other chambers of commerce on Saturday.
Having committed a $2.3 billion aid programme, India, one of the largest donors to Afghanistan, is investing in its economy, humanitarian aid, education, development, construction and electrical projects.
Ahead of Mr Karzai’s visit, the government had on Thursday cleared another tranche of development aid to the tune $100 million dollars for Afghanistan.
The Union Cabinet, at a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, approved the third phase of the Small Development Projects (SDP) to be implemented across all the 34 provinces of Afghanistan.