India to pitch for strengthening anti-terror efforts at SAARC

Updated - November 17, 2021 03:55 am IST

Published - July 21, 2011 03:49 pm IST - Thimphu

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with heads of states and delegates of SAARC member nations during a summit in Thimphu. File photo

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with heads of states and delegates of SAARC member nations during a summit in Thimphu. File photo

With Mumbai serial blasts still fresh in memory, India is expected to ask SAARC nations to take strong action against terrorists operating in South Asia and pitch for strengthening regional efforts for preventing and combating the menace.

During the three-day conference of the SAARC Interior/ Home Ministers that began on Thursday, New Delhi is also likely to press for sharing information among the member nations about terrorists and fugitives and adopting concrete steps against abuse of illicit traffic of narcotic drugs and human trafficking.

“There will be discussion of terrorism. We will take stock of the follow up action taken after the last year’s meeting,” Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh told PTI here.

The Ministerial meeting, to be attended by Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik among others, will review the progress made so far on the implementation of various conventions such as the SAARC Regional Convention on Suppression of Terrorism and its Additional Protocol and SAARC Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters.

Strengthening of the institutional mechanisms of the SAARC Terrorist Offences Monitoring Desk, the SAARC Drug Offences Monitoring Desk and the Colombo and Islamabad Declaration on Combating Terrorism will be discussed threadbare during the conference.

While Thursday’s meeting was attended by immigration officials of the eight SAARC member countries, on Friday’s session will be attended by Home/Interior Secretaries.

The Ministerial meeting will take place on Saturday.

In their respective meetings, both Mr. Chidambaram and Dr. Singh are expected to forcefully raise India’s concern over cross border terrorism, terrorists finding safe havens and elements sponsoring terrorist groups, and may ask coordinated action against them.

Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley, who is the SAARC chair, will be the chief guest at the inaugural session of the Ministerial meeting.

The last meeting of SAARC Interior/ Home Ministers was held in June 2010 in Islamabad.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.