On a different occasion during the tour to Maharashtra, Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to India met the Afghan diaspora and inaugurated the Pashtun Trust in Mumbai, Maharashtra on April 9, 2018.

At the inauguration ceremony, which was attended by more than 1000 Afghan diaspora residing in Mumbai, the Afghan Ambassador spoke about their prominent role, duty and responsibility towards further strengthening the cultural and people-to-people relations between Afghanistan and India.

Dr. Abdali urged the Afghan diaspora in Mumbai to remain united and educate the Afghan youth for a brighter prospects in the future.

The trust was founded 70 years ago by the Afghan diaspora living in Mumbai. It was reinvigorated to work towards uniting and improving the lives of Afghan diaspora in Mumbai, particularly with focus on education, culture, health and other facilities. 

During an official tour to Maharashtra-India, Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to India met with C. Vidyasagar Rao, the Governor of Maharashtra, India on April 9, 2018.

The meeting was aimed at discussing business, trade, cultural and educational ties between Afghanistan and Maharashtra and ways to further expand and boost these relations.

The duo spoke about the making of ‘Panipat’ movie and its implications on relations between India and Afghanistan. Ambassador Abdali recalled the important role of Indian cinema in promoting the centuries old cultural ties between India and Afghanistan.

Kabuliwala and Khudagawa are of those movies of Bollywood which have come up with great response from the Afghan and Indian audience and; has lifted up the friendly people-to-people relations between India and Afghanistan.

The movie “Panipat” which is to be produced by the Bollywood industry in the near future starring Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Kapoor and Kriti Sanon in prominent roles is focused on Ahmad Shah Abdali and the third battle of Panipat in 1761.

The Maharashtrian Governor agreed on the important role the Indian cinema has played and assured the Afghan Ambassador to revise the issue with the related authorities in the Bollywood and make sure that the cinema continues to work for further promoting India-Afghanistan ties. Furthermore, the two agreed on establishing closer cinematic relations between Afghanistan and India. To this effect, the Governor offered to provide training opportunity for Afghan youth in Pune Cinema Institute to get trained in cinema and art of acting.

The Afghan Ambassador appreciated the idea and noted upon its positive effects on lifting up the educational and cultural relations between the two nations and assured of having the Afghan youth study in this center.

During the meeting, Dr. Abdali proposed the establishment of a sister city between Kandahar province of Afghanistan and Mumbai too. The idea was acknowledged by the Governor of Maharashtra and sought to have a follow up on the same.

Vladimir Marić, the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia met with Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to India at the latter’s office on April 5, 2018.

The two envoys discussed the bilateral ties between Afghanistan and Serbia and exchanged views on how to further boost cooperation between the two nations.

Both the Ambassadors discussed issues of common interest and concern focusing on the security of Afghanistan and the region.

In conclusion, they agreed that their offices will remain in regular contact to follow upon bilateral relations and cooperation.

Sanjay Dave, Chairman-Surakshit Khadya Abiyan Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Sam Thomas John, Counsellor-Food & Agriculture Centre of Excellence, CII met with Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to India at the latter’s office on April 4, 2018.

The meeting aimed at discussing opportunities for the ‘13th Food Safety and Quality Summit’ which is scheduled to be held from 13-14 December, 2018.  

Bringing to light the relevance of the summit, themed on “Managing Product Integrity, Regulatory and Food Safety Solutions in the Food Chain for Consumer Health and Safety”, CII has placed an invitation for Afghanistan’s participation.

During the meeting, Dr. Abdali proposed for a joint meeting between Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and CII in New Delhi or Kabul to discuss cooperation between the two nations based on the agreement between ACCI and CII.

The Afghan Ambassador also suggested to have an Afghan business house in India as a one stop destination for communication and marketing of Afghan goods and products.

Briefing the Afghan Ambassador on a quiz competition by Surakshit Khadya Abiyan (SKA) for students as part of the invitees to upgrade competence at the student level on food safety, the CII officials informed about their invitation to Afghan university students to participate in the quiz too and solicited the Afghan Embassy’s cooperation in following this as well as Afghanistan’s participation in forthcoming CODEX Conference-2019 with the Afghan Government.

Dr. Abdali assured the CII officials on Afghan Embassy’s follow up with the Central Government regarding participation of Afghanistan in Food Safety Summit, CODEX Conference-2019 as well as participation of the Afghan Students in the quiz competition.


Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in India spoke at the South Asia Human Rights Summit, supported by Holy Vision International held at Constitutional Club, New Delhi on March 23, 2018.

In the opening remarks, the Afghan Ambassador conveyed the participants strong commitment of the Afghan government towards human rights as well as the women’s rights protection and highlighted on the achievements Afghanistan post-2001.

Referring to further promoting the human rights in Afghanistan and finding ways for a solution to address the current challenges in terms of protecting the human rights, Dr. Abdali said: “We believe that youth are powerful agents of change and empowering rural communities is key to the empowerment of society on human rights protection”.

Terming education as one of the keys to protect human rights, Ambassador Abdali lauded India and international community and civil society’s role in assisting to educate Afghan youth.

During his speech, the Afghan Ambassador emphasized on the necessity of peace and stability in order to fully protect human rights.

It is worth mentioning that Afghanistan was elected as member state of the UN Human Rights Council for the first from the period of 2018 to-2021.