India is considering reopening its mission in Kabul without its top diplomats.

India is considering reopening its embassy in Afghanistan soon, but without top-level diplomatic assistance . A team of security officials flies to Kabul in February to check the ground condition .

According to reports, India is considering the prospect of reopening its embassy in Afghanistan soon, but without top-level diplomatic assistance.According to sources, a team of security officials flies to Kabul in February to check the ground condition.The embassy is expected to operate only with staff for liaison purposes that could include consular services.It would not indicate an acknowledgment of the Taliban regime.

Since then, Delhi has been debating whether or not it was the right move.Some members of the security establishment and the Ministry of External Affairs have argued that continuing there would have put the lives of Indian troops in jeopardy, referring to the 1998 incident in which Iranian diplomats at Iran's Mazar-i-Sharif consulate were kidnapped by the Taliban during the country's previous presidency but were never recovered.Other observers have also argued that closing the mission has left India alone among the regional countries with no representation in Kabul.As the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure group of Shanghai Cooperation Organisations met in Delhi on Monday, Afghanistan on the agenda, India was the only country on the table that had not yet opened its mission in Kabul, a major factor for Delhi in its decision to return to Kabul.

India needs to do so in its own interest, according to the opinion.During the chaos surrounding the Taliban takeover, Pakistan, China, and Iran missions did not shut down.These countries now see fundamental roles for themselves in Afghanistan and began positioning themselves early.All five Central Asian countries have diplomatic links with the Taliban regime.In April, the United States and Qatar signed an agreement that made it the protector state of their territories.

However, no one has yet recognized the Taliban as Afghanistan's government.Developments on the ground seem to be influencing Delhi's contention that India needs a presence in Kabul quickly.Tolo News reported earlier this month that a loya jirga would be held, but no dates have been given.According to analysts in Delhi, the Taliban have indicated a readiness to convene a regular Afghan assembly, which former President Hamid Karzai has argued since last year as the only way to break the Taliban regime's deadlock.Further, it is said that India's latest outreach to Central Asian republics would do little without Afghanistan.Last year, the Pakistan government opened a land route to Afghanistan from the Wagah-Attari border for India to deliver 50,000 tonnes of foodgrains, emphasising that the route was being undertaken solely for a humanitarian purpose.

The shipment had been shipped from Mumbai to Karachi port and then to Afghanistan via the Torkham border.In the upcoming flurry of Track Two talks between India and Pakistan, it has been discussed on the India-Pakistan land transit agreement, which was once refused to Delhi by Islamabad, as a potential instrument of constructive cooperation in Afghanistan between the two hostile neighbors, according to sources.According to sources, the security of the mission and the people stationed there should be high on any attempt to reopen in 2008.The 2008 attack on the Indian mission in Kabul, which killed the military advisor, a senior diplomat, and two ITBP staff members, was also a horrific wound to the Indian security establishment.

In recent months, the New York Times reported that US officials had confronted Pakistan with evidence that ISI was using the Haqqani Network for the task.Though the Taliban has stated more than once that they would provide India with a safe environment for it to reopen its mission, India will be looking for concrete promises from the government on this front.The Taliban did inspect the embassy premises that were evacuated by India last August, as did other embassies, but the building is intact and there is no damage to it, according to sources.Although the Taliban has refused to allow Afghan President Abdullah to leave Kabul, including for the funeral of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the regime recently invited him to visit his family, who live in India.Abdullah has been in the region since May 2, and there has been rumors that he might have received a letter from the Taliban....