India to finish Af Parliament building by September 30

India to finish Af Parliament building by September 30

India has now set September 30 as the deadline to finish construction of the new building for Afghan Parliament, located a little distance from the complex that now houses the war-ravaged country’s national legislature that came under attack from the Taliban on Monday.

During his visit to New Delhi in May, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Kabul to inaugurate the National Assembly's new building.

New Delhi, however, is yet to take a call on the visit, particularly because India is keen to wait a little more before deepening its engagement with the Ghani government, which has so far been relying a lot on Pakistan to buy peace and bring the Taliban to the table for negotiation.

New Delhi has made public its disappointment over the Ghani government’s move for a deal between Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) and Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

The deal not only gave New Delhi the jitters, but also triggered a storm within Afghanistan, where many parliamentarians demanded that the Government review it.

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