India invests $11 billion in Afghan natural resources

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  1. ejazr

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    India invests $11 billion in Afghan natural resources - KHAAMA PRESS | Afghan Online Newspaper

    India the largest regional provider of humanitarian and reconstruction aid to Afghanistan is roposing what may become Afghanistan’s biggest foreign investment: $11 billion to build an iron mine, steel mill and railroad. India has already played a vital role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan in the past one decade after the fall of the Taliban regime, having spent $1.5 billion on Afghan roads, power lines, schools and the parliament

    Raja Mohan, a senior fellow at the independent Center for Policy Research in New Delhi quoted by the Tampa Bay Times said, “India is showing its commitment to an unprecedented ambition and role in Afghanistan.”

    Mr. Mohan further added, “Stabilizing the northwest of the subcontinent, Afghanistan and Pakistan, is absolutely India’s top foreign policy priority, because most of our threats come from there.”

    India’s planned Afghan iron mine would help companies such as Jindal Steel & Power and Rashtriya Ispat Nigam by giving them shares in an estimated 1.8 billion tons of ore, for which global prices have more than doubled in the past three years. Afghanistan may see its geographic and economic isolation reduced as India follows China in promising money to build the country’s first major railroads.

    As Afghan anger over the shooting of 17 civilians by an American soldier last month increases calls for an accelerated U.S. exit, India is seeking to position itself as a rival to China in investment in Afghanistan and as an anti-Taliban force to help the government of President Hamid Karzai.

    Ali Jalali, a professor at the U.S. National Defense University in Washington and a former Afghan interior minister said, “The Indian and Chinese investments will contribute to Afghanistan’s stability” as the U.S. withdraws its main combat forces between now and 2014.

    “They not only will bring jobs and infrastructure, but these two powerful governments will have a greater direct interest in seeing that all actors in Afghanistan behave moderately,” Jalali said in New Delhi.
     
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    even if afghanistan becomes free of taliban and Indian investment in there started producing material and wealth, then how will India transport it to mainland? it could be through iran or paksitan,
    Iran is sanctioned and bad to play with and pakistan is not a trusted entity- i dont want to see dozens of containers bound to India set ablaze in pakistan causing loss to Indian govt and Indian companies
     
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    The Messiah Bow Before Me! Elite Member

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    we will take back gilgit-baltistan....it is all part of master plan :)
     
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    i wish wakhan could be one day become accessible but dude- seriously any other probable plan for current situation
     
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    India, Afghanistan sign pact on iron and steel - The Economic Times

    KABUL: India and Afghanistan Monday signed an agreement for enhancing cooperation in the field of iron and steel.

    A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Indian Minister for Steel Beni Prasad Verma and Afghan Minister for Mines Wahidullah Shahrani on this occasion, Xinhua reported.

    While terming India-Afghan relations very old and cordial, Verma said India would invest in all of Afghanistan's economic sectors, particularly in iron, copper and petroleum.

    Afghan Minister Shahrani described the signing of agreement as very significant for capacity building in iron and steel sector while calling on the Indian companies to invest in Afghanistan's mineral sector.
     
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    AP, the Iran route is always an option
     
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    Iran is still a safe bet. Despite being sanctioned, the regime is doing everything to make peace with the west, including offering to shut down 20% Uranium enrichment.

    I honestly don't see Israel going to war with Iran any time soon either, it just wouldn't make sense Iran would crush Israel.
     
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    Does India have a Plan B once Iran went to war w/ Israel or were attacked by the US?:namaste:
     
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    Take back Gilgit Baltistan :D
     
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    Nevermind misunderstood lol.

    Yeah India is pretty screwed if this all goes down.
     
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    Israel won't wage any war and Iran crushing Israel is out of question. Any existential threat to Israel would be met by not only Israeli but US nukes as well.

    This is only a political showdown which will cease once the US and Iran have made back-channel diplomatic deals which is going on and this saber rattling is only for show.

    Technically if we had the POK, we could have simply bought the Wakhan corridor for a price like how US bought Alaska from Russia. But unfortunately, our so-called leaders ruined it.
     
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    Even a sparrow can't fly over Wakhan corridor, needless to mention China factor. :lol:Check it out Wakhan Corridor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    All yours is a castle built on sands of premises, that is, Is. won't attack Ir. or there'd be a under-table deal in between. What if not?
     
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    Simple. We will first invade Delhi Parliament and then invade POK under a new leadership. :D
     
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    It is Afghan territory even if it borders you. They're free to sell it to us if they want to. You're overestimating yourself.



    That's what we said; we will invade POK if that happens. Put all our weapons to test in one go.
     

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