India suspends Kabul medical mission

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of External Affairs has said that the Indian Medical Mission in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, has been temporarily suspended, but similar missions in other cities of the country have been functioning normally.

Responding to a query on reports that after the terrorist attack in Kabul on February 26, the work of the Indian Medical Missions (IMMs) in Afghanistan has been suspended, spokesperson for the Ministry

Vishnu Prakash said: “The Indian Medical Missions in Herat, Kandahar, Jalalabad and Mazar-e-Sharif are functioning normally.”

“In the aftermath of the terrorist attack targeting the IMM in Kabul, in which one doctor

was killed and others injured, the work of the IMM has been temporarily suspended,” Prakash said in a press release issued here today.

“The Embassy of India and its other offices in Afghanistan continue to function normally in the face of extremely demanding and difficult circumstances,” the press release added.

National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon has visited Afghanistan to take

stock of the security situation in Afghanistan. India is one of the key partners of Afghanistan in the latter’s reconstruction efforts.