As trouble brews all over its neighbourhood,India is set to send a high-level delegation of senior officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs,the Intelligence Bureau,Central Paramilitary Forces and the National Security Guard (NSG) to conduct an overall security review of its missions starting with Afghanistan.
Its learnt that the delegation,led by a senior IB officer will shortly leave for Kabul for a security review at the Indian Embassy which was the target of a suicide car bombing on July 7,2008. Security reviews in Dhaka and Colombo are next on the agenda,said sources.
Despite beefing up security at the Kabul mission and the four consulates located in Herat,Mazar-e-Sharif,Jalalabad and Kandahar,the threat perception to Indian missions in Afghanistan has been a source of constant worry to New Delhi.
What makes this delegation unique is the presence of the NSG,perhaps the first time that the elite commando force has been engaged in such an exercise. Officials of ITBP,which currently guards the Indian Embassy in Kabul,and the CISF ,which has been given the go-ahead to raise a special force to guard vulnerable missions,will also join the delegation.
Between January 14 and 28,the Indian Embassy in Kabul issued four security advisories on possible threats to Indian nationals. On January 27, it indicated threat of a possible suicide attack and abduction against Indians in Kabul.