The Asian Age

Ra­j­nath to lay anti- ter­ror line at Saarc meet

Draft to go to PMO soon

- NAMRATA BIJI AHUJA

The Naren­dra Modi gov­ern­ment is set to for­mally out­line its anti- ter­ror pol­icy on an in­ter­na­tional plat­form. Union home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh, who will be at­tend­ing the Saarc Home Min­is­ters Con­fer­ence in Nepal in the mid­dle of this month, will be ar­tic­u­lat­ing the gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy on “In­dia’s stand on ter­ror­ism in Saarc coun­tries” with the pri­mary fo­cus on ter­ror­ism em­a­nat­ing from the na­tions with whom In­dia shares a bor­der and is af­fected the most. Pak­istan will be present at the fo­rum where the home min­is­ter will speak of his gov­ern­ment’s tough anti- ter­ror stand.

The min­istry of home af­fairs ( MHA) is busy tak­ing in­puts from all stake­hold­ers. Once the MHA pre­pares a draft note, it will be sent to the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice to elicit its views and ap­proval.

The meet­ing as­sumes sig­nif­i­cance against the back­drop of Mr Modi’s push for a more ac­tive and demon­stra­tive en­gage­ment with the Saarc com­mu­nity. In­dia will seek en­hanced co­op­er­a­tion and co­or­di­na­tion in ef­forts of all Saarc

Home min­is­ter to high­light fake cur­rency is­sue at Nepal Saarc meet

na­tions to stem ter­ror­ism.

Top MHA of­fi­cials said In­dia’s con­cern over fake In­dian cur­rency notes ( FICNs) in fi­nanc­ing ter­ror in the coun­try is ex­pected to be flagged by the home min­is­ter dur­ing the con­fer­ence.

It has been doc­u­mented by In­dian se­cu­rity agen­cies that coun­tries like Nepal and Bangladesh are be­ing used as tran­sit routes to pump FICN into the coun­try. The need to share in­for­ma­tion on ter­ror­ism and all forms of or­gan­ised crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity on a re­al­time ba­sis and steps for ef­fec­tive bor­der con­trol regimes to crack down on drug- traffickin­g, traffickin­g in hu­man be­ings, smug­gling of arms and coun­ter­feit­ing — in­clud­ing or­gan­ised pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion of fake In­dian cur­rency notes — are ex­pected to be high­lighted, the sources said. Mr Singh is ex­pected to en­gage with the Saarc na­tions to take for­ward In­dia’s con­cerns visa- vis the se­cu­rity sce­nario in its neigh­bour­hood.

 ?? — PTI ?? Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi vis­its a class­room at Taimei el­e­men­tary school in Tokyo on Mon­day.
— PTI Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi vis­its a class­room at Taimei el­e­men­tary school in Tokyo on Mon­day.

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