Kabul: Prime Minister Narendra on Friday inaugurated the parliament building in Kabul, which was built by India.
The parliament building, that was started in 2009 has missed its completion deadlines at least 3 times since 2011, and has gone over-budget by double the original costing of $45 million.
“I stand on behalf of 1.25 billion friends in India in admiration for your achievements in gratitude for your friendship,” PM Narendra Modi said.
“In the heart of every Indian and Afghan, there is boundless love for each other,” he said.
“Together we have built roads that have brought regions closer; power transmission lines & power stations that light up Afghan homes,” he said.
PM Modi announces 500 scholarships for children of the martyrs of Afghan security forces while scheme of 1000 scholarships will continue. “We are pleased that our scholarships & training programmes are empowering Afghan youth with modern education and professional skills,” PM says.
“To every Afghan, who risked or lost his life so that his Indian guest is safe, I convey the eternal gratefulness of India,” he added.
“Every youth in Afghanistan should see a future in which IT stands for information technology, not international terrorism,” he said.
In his nearly 40-minute address during which he was lustily cheered by the assembled audience on several occasions, Modi also made a veiled reference to Pakistan’s reservations about Indian involvement in Afghanistan, saying,” there are some who do not want us to be here
“There are some who did not want us to be here. There were those who saw sinister designs in our presence here. There are others who were uneasy at the strength of our partnership. Some even tried to discourage us.”
“Afghanistan will succeed only when terrorism no longer flows across the border; when nurseries and sanctuaries of terrorism are shut; and, their patrons are no longer in business, he said, adding, “Terror and violence cannot be the instrument to shape Afghanistan?s future or dictate the choices Afghans make.” .