The embassy said that the Indian government remains committed to take forward the India-Afghanistan Development Partnership based on the national priorities of the government and people of Afghanistan.

The convoy was attacked by some unknown terrorists close to the Mahipar area of eastern Kabul around 7 am, resulting in one guard killed and another wounded, TOLOnews quoted Qayyum as saying.

Prime Minister Modi replied to President Ghani on Twitter and said that both the countries share a special friendship, based on ties of history, geography, and culture.

As the Afghan NDS said, it was understood that Farooqi is a Pakistani national and belongs to the Mamozai tribe and from the Orakzai agency area on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Afghanistan on Friday declared a lockdown in the capital Kabul in an effort to stem the spread of the virus. All public and private offices and markets except supplying essential products remained closed until further notice.

Raising slogans, protesters waved black flags and held placards opposing the visit of Shah to the city. Another protest by the All Indian Youth League was also held in the Esplanade area.

The United States will withdraw all its forces from Afghanistan within 14 months, as per a joint agreement between the Afghan government and Washington.

The team, personally chosen by President Ghani, is being dubbed as "a group to establish initial contacts" with the Taliban, according to Tolo News.

Shah said that it had been the wish of generations of Indians to have a magnificent temple of Lord Ram in Ayodhya. "It will happen in four months," he said and accused Congress of having tried to delay the court verdict in the past.

The legislation provides Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees of Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, who arrived in India on or before December 31, 2014.