But I Thought Roads Helped Security?

by Joshua Foust on 5/6/2008 · 1 comment

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India not to take up new road projects in Afghanistan

New Delhi, May 6 (IANS) After the latest killings of its personnel by Taliban militants in Afghanistan, India’s Border Roads Organisation (BRO) Tuesday said it is unlikely to take up any more projects in the insurgency-plagued country. “In Afghanistan, we unfortunately had casualties. We have 300 men working in the country, and about 400 personnel of ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) are there for the inner security cordon,” BRO Director General Lt. Gen. A.K. Nanda told reporters here.

“For the outer cordon of security, we have recruited around 1,400 Afghan gunmen. But one is not very sure of their loyalty,” Nanda said on the eve of the 48th raising day of the BRO.

On April 12, two personnel of the BRO were killed and five injured in a suicide attack in southwest Afghanistan’s Nimroz province. Two other BRO personnel were killed earlier in the year.

BRO sources told IANS that the organisation has been paying around 4,000-5,000 Afghanis (Afghanistan currency) to the local gunmen, but their loyalties are a major cause of concern for the Indian authorities.

“The threat is there and we have to live with that. Because of the threat, we would like to finish the work as early as possible,” Nanda added.

The BRO has completed about 80 percent of the work on the 219-km road from Zaranj to Delaram on the Iran-Afghanistan border and construction of the last 30 km is going on. The road will link the highways of the land-locked country to Iranian ports and open the Afghan market to Indian goods as currently there are no transit facilities through Pakistan.

It’s too bad those roads India is building aren’t improving security in the supposedly peaceful western part of Afghanistan. Maybe they’re just bad, unAmerican roads?

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Joshua Foust is a Fellow at the American Security Project and the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from Registan.net. His research focuses primarily on Central and South Asia. Joshua is a correspondent for The Atlantic and a columnist for PBS Need to Know. Joshua appears regularly on the BBC World News, Aljazeera, and international public radio. Joshua's writing has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy’s AfPak Channel, the New York Times, Reuters, and the Christian Science Monitor. Follow him on twitter: @joshuafoust

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unaha-closp May 7, 2008 at 8:48 pm

New roads are built in roadless areas.

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