Afghanistan and In­dia is­sue joint state­ment

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Mu­nich au­thor­i­ties are ramp­ing up se­cu­rity pre­cau­tions for this year’s Ok­to­ber­fest af­ter a deadly shoot­ing ram­page at a city mall this sum­mer and two at­tacks claimed by ISIS left Ger­mans on edge. Deputy po­lice chief Werner Feiler said back­packs and large bags will be banned, the 30-hectare venue will be fenced to en­sure all vis­i­tors go through se­cu­rity con­trols, mul­ti­ple video cam­eras have been in­stalled and ad­di­tional po­lice will be on hand. He added that although there is a “high ab­stract dan­ger” of an at­tack at the festival, which is ex­pected to draw six mil­lion vis­i­tors, no con­crete se­cu­rity threats are known of. In­dia and Afghanistan have called for an end to all spon­sor­ship, sup­port and sanc­tu­ar­ies to mil­i­tants, in­clud­ing those who have com­mit­ted vi­o­lence in the two coun­tries.

In­dia’s Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and Afghan Pres­i­dent Mo­ham­mad Ashraf Ghani did not name Pak­istan in their re­marks, though they have pre­vi­ously.

The neigh­bour­ing coun­try has been ac­cused of sup­port­ing the Tal­iban in Afghanistan and rebels in In­dian-con­trolled Kash­mir.

Ear­lier this week, a po­lice chief was killed in Afghanistan af­ter his ve­hi­cle was hit by a road­side bomb blast in an eastern prov­ince.

Zabi­hul­lah Ze­marai, a pro­vin­cial coun­cil mem­ber in Nan­garhar prov­ince, said on Sun­day that Gen­eral Zarawer Zahid died from his wounds af­ter his ve­hi­cle was struck by a road­side bomb. The at­tack took place in the Hasarak district where Zahid was lead­ing an op­er­a­tion against in­sur­gents.

Yes­ter­day, In­dia has of­fered a fresh $1 bil­lion in aid to Afghanistan for build­ing ca­pac­ity in ed­u­ca­tion, health, agri­cul­ture, en­ergy and in­fra­struc­ture, said a joint state­ment by the two sides. They also signed an ex­tra­di­tion treaty. Kabul has cul­ti­vated closer ties with New Delhi in re­cent years as a bal­ance to Pak­istan.

Ghani ar­rived in New Delhi yes­ter­day for a two­day visit.

Modi and Ghani also reaf­firmed their re­solve to strengthen their se­cu­rity and de­fence co­op­er­a­tion, but did not give any details. In­dia al­ready has do­nated three mul­ti­role Mi-35 he­li­copters to Afghanistan.

The two sides also stressed that fast im­ple­men­ta­tion of an agree­ment among Afghanistan, In­dia and Iran to de­velop the Chaba­har port in Iran would in­crease con­nec­tiv­ity within the re­gion.

In­dia said in May it would in­vest up to $500 mil­lion to de­velop the Ira­nian port, which it plans to use for trade with Afghanistan in the ab­sence of a land route through Pak­istan.

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