Two “Talibans” missing from Kerala

via HK published on August 8, 2006

Kozhikode:Two Afghan students, who arrived here last month from Afghanistan as part of a group of 16 students seeking higher studies, have been reported missing since Sunday morning.Haider Nasser Lahgan and Abdul Haqeem were the two missing Afghan nationals.

After the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Kabul last year, the Indian government had decided to provide 1000 scholarships annually for Afghan students.This would include 500 scholarships for university education and 500 slots for short-term professional training courses under the Indian Technical Assistance Programme.
There are about 350 Afghan students currently in India pursuing education and they are sponsored by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, as part of the several steps taken by the government to further boost the Indo- Afghan bilateral ties, since the dawn of a post-Taliban era.

Government should conduct a thorough background check of the students being sponsored for any Talibanic links .Otherwise this move to help Afganistan will turn out as an easy route for Terrorist to infiltrate and propagate their ideology in the sponsorship of Indian government.

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