Can someone update about our military base in Ayni in Tajikistan. Is it operational ? Nothing has been heard about this after 2008. An Indian military presence in Central Asia has significant strategic implications: * India sees the Central Asian region as crucial to its growing energy needs * It is close to Afghanistan, where India's strategic interests lie in preventing the return of the Taliban to power * Pakistan is only about 35 km away. Afghanistan's Wakkan Corridor separates Tajikistan from Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province. India can keep a close watch on the volatile Pak-Afghan border * In case of situations like the hijacking of Indian Airlines IC-814 to Kandahar in December 1999, special forces can be moved in quickly when national interests are threatened * In the wake of their deteriorating relations with the US, Kyrgyzstan and other Central Asian countries are favourably disposed towards India.