Following the killing of fourteen security men, including twelve Nepalese in Kabul, there is a pressure on whether Nepal should continue to allow Nepalese retired security personnel to work in Afghanistan.
From 2001, Kabul has remained a lucrative destination for Nepalese security personnel as they are guarding major installations of foreign embassies, mostly western. As Nepalese security guards receive a hefty salary, there is a rush of Nepalese to work there.
Despite making many efforts, Kabul remains unstable politically. Talibans have been launching attacks targeting western embassies. The fourteen people killed in the ambush were also working in the Canadian Embassy.
As it is said friends in need are friends indeed, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent a message of condolence and offered its support to bring back dead bodies of Nepalese killed in Kabul.
However, deputy prime minister Kamal Thapa said that the government is considering ways to bring the dead bodies of the Nepalese who were killed in Kabul.
Nepal’s major political parties condemned the attack and expressed condolences to the families of victims. However, they have yet to come out with a long term vision to provide employment back home.
The Taliban attack in Kabul on Monday, that resulted in the death of 14 people, has been widely condemned in Nepal as the incident has wider ramifications for the country which sends a large number citizens as UN volunteers and security guards to the country.
The terror attack is likely to discourage the government from dispatching people to terror-affected countries like Afghanistan, as well as other regions where violence is widely prevalent. The number of Nepalese youth going abroad has been on the rise, especially during the past one decade of political instability and prolonged transition.
Meanwhile, the Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued statement condemning the terrorists in Afghanistan.
In his statement minister Dion said Canada strongly condemns today’s terrorist attacks in Afghanistan by the Taliban, including the attack on a bus carrying security guards who protect the Embassy of Canada to Afghanistan, in Kabul.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I offer my sincere condolences to the families and friends of the Nepalese and Indian security guards killed, and I wish a speedy recovery to those who have been injured,” said Minister Stephane Dion.
“Many of the victims have been part of our embassy family for years, and they will be remembered for their service in the protection of the men and women at the Embassy of Canada to Afghanistan. “Canada is also grateful to the Government of Afghanistan for its support and is working with Nepalese, Indian and Afghan authorities to assist in the repatriation of the victims. “Canada stands with the people of Afghanistan in their struggle against terrorism in all its forms,” said a press release issued by Canadian High Commissioner.
Although there were casualty, only 3353 permits have been issued to Nepalese workers by their government for working in the 'Green Zones' of Afghanistan, 8000 to 11,000 workers might be working in the country clandestinely.