India has stepped up the security of its diplomatic missions in Afghanistan, anticipating attacks by terrorist outfits based in Pakistan in response to the Indian Army’s recent surgical strikes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval oversaw the process to review and reinforce the security of the Indian Embassy in Kabul and four consulates in Mazar-e-Sharif, Herat, Kandahar and Jalalabad. Senior officials of intelligence agencies, National Security Guard, Indo-Tibetan Border Police and defence and external affairs ministries were involved in the review. Sources said New Delhi initiated the process in view of the recent escalation of tension between India and Pakistan, particularly after the September 18 terror attack on an army camp at Uri in north Kashmir, in which 19 soldiers were killed. New Delhi received intelligence inputs suggesting the Pakistan army and its military spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), might orchestrate terror attacks against India or on Indian missions in Afghanistan to avenge the loss and embarrassment it suffered due to the surgical strikes, sources said. New Delhi might send a team of senior officials to Kabul to discuss with their Afghan counterparts the security of India’s diplomatic missions across Afghanistan, sources added.
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