Expressing concern over the Afghanistan crisis, former defence minister and Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar said on Monday that India needs to be alert and “will have to take precautions in the long run”, adding that it was time for the country to review its foreign policy.
“There was a time when, except for Pakistan and China, our relations with all other neighbouring countries were good. May it be Nepal or Sri Lanka. But today, it is time to review our foreign policy with respect to all other countries. The situation is not good… This is a sensitive issue,” said Pawar, stressing that his party will support the Modi government on the Afghanistan situation as it is a matter of national security.
Taliban closed in on Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul on Sunday, with President Ashraf Ghani fleeing the country to avoid “bloodshed”.
Taliban takeover has plunged Afghanistan’s future into uncertainty with several countries trying to fly out their natives, while residents rush to Kabul airport in hope of leaving the country.