Former commanders and envoys have warned that it would be a mistake.
IS affiliated insurgents attacked the administrative headquarters in Haska Mina district killing 6 police officers.
“Our embassy is in touch with senior Afghan authorities and the government is also in touch with her family in Kolkata. All efforts are being made by the Afghan authorities to secure her early release,” an official source said.
The death toll in the blast is expected to rise as many of the wounded are in a critical condition says Governor of the Afghan Province, Attaullah Khogyani.
Since 2000, D’Souza has been working actively on gender issues, poverty and environmental conservation with reputed non-profit organizations in India.
All efforts are being made to ensure the woman’s release in Afghanistan
The US military was previously allowed to take action against the Taliban “in extremis” – moments when their assistance was needed to prevent a significant Afghan military setback.
The Taliban have stepped up attacks after announcing Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new leader on May 25.
Ever since drought set in from 2001, things have become worse. Water levels in local wells have fallen to 75 metres or below — far too expensive to pump up for irrigation.
“India will not forget you or turn away,” the Prime Minister promised Afghans in a speech televised live on major Afghan stations. “Your friendship is our honour; your dreams are our duty.”
Narendra Modi was awarded with the Amir Amanullah Khan Award, Afghanistan’s highest civilian honour.
Former Indian diplomat Vivek Katju, BJP ideologue Seshadri Chari, Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi and journalist Jatin Desai were the other speakers.
The Taliban are now refocusing their attention mostly on the southern provinces of Helmand, Kandahar and Uruzgan, US and Afghan military officials said.
Two Pakistani women were caught transferring classified documents to loyalists of the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria. They were detained in the vicinity of Kot district.
Samim Khpolwak, the governor’s spokesman, says the explosion, which took place in Shah Wali Kot district, also wounded several people.