The Asian Age
Rajnath to lay anti- terror line at Saarc meet
Draft to go to PMO soon
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.