WASHINGTON  - India’s goals in Afghanistan are to deny Pakistan strategic depth and the ability to block India from trade and other connections to Central Asia and beyond, according to a Congressional report.

The report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), an independent research wing of the US Congress, which prepares periodic reports to help Congressmen make informed decisions, sheds lights on India's attempts to limit Pakistan's influence in Afghanistan.

India’s relationship with the Afghan government and with individual factions reflects New Delhi's concerns about potential Pakistani influence in Afghanistan, it said.

At the same time, the report said India does not want to be saddled with the burden of helping secure Afghanistan” after the US departure.

The report points out that India saw the Afghan Taliban’s hosting of al Qaeda during 1996-2001 as a major threat because of al Qaeda’s association with Pakistani groups fighting in Kashmir. It claims that some of these groups had committed major acts of terrorism in India, including the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in November 2008 and in July 2011.

It notes that Afghanistan also seeks close ties with India because it wants access to India’s large and rapidly growing economy – “but without alarming Pakistan.” The report said that the United States considers Pakistan as "most crucial " to Afghanistan's stability.

Noting the May 2011 Indo-Afghan strategic partnership, the report said that India has endorsed US’s efforts in Afghanistan for security, economic and political betterment.

The report states that on October 2, 2011 the then President, Hamid Karzai added to Pakistan’s worries by formally giving India a role in the security of Afghanistan. The agreement did not see deployment of Indian troops in Afghanistan but yearly training of 600 Afghanistan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) at an Indian school.