Tuesday, October 20, 2009
INDIANS are flocking to join the British Army to fight the Taliban.
They are entitled to sign up, as nationals of the Commonwealth.
Army sources say there has been a surge recently because of the threat of a Taliban victory in Afghanistan, which would have serious consequences for India’s Muslim neighbour, Pakistan.
Sharat S. Mulchandi, 18, from Karnataka, is undergoing army cadet training at home and plans to join a British infantry regiment when he flies into the UK.
Last night he said: “Pakistan is a breeding ground for terrorists, it’s dangerous for India.
“We will never forget what the fanatics did last year in Mumbai.”
Pakistan is reeling from a wave of attacks in the past 10 days, which killed 150.
The Taliban threatened violence if Pakistan’s pro-US government did not cease operations near the Afghan border.
In March there were just 80 Indian nationals in the British Army. The total is expected to rise considerably when new figures are compiled.
Almost 200 people died in 10 insurgents’ attacks on Mumbai in November 2008.