Pledg­ing se­cu­rity for SAARC

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As Mal­dives gears up to host the 17th SAARC sum­mit, the 1190 is­land ar­chi­pel­ago has at­tracted in­creased se­cu­rity pro­vi­sions from re­gional coun­ter­parts. Pak­istan and Mal­dives re­cently signed a deal fo­cus­ing on en­hanced co­op­er­a­tion in the de­fense sec­tor. The pact that was signed be­tween the Mal­dives High Com­mis­sioner to Pak­istan, Aishath She­henaz Adam and the Additional Sec­re­tary at the Min­istry of De­fense, Rear Ad­mi­ral Fa­rooq Ah­mad, aimed to pro­vide mil­i­tary as­sis­tance to the Mal­dives as a “ges­ture of good­will and diplo­matic fra­ter­nity.” Ac­cord­ing to this, Pak­istan will con­trib­ute ve­hi­cles, med­i­cal sup­plies and equip­ment re­quired to en­hance se­cu­rity dur­ing the con­fer­ence.

For the Sum­mit, Sri Lanka is pro­vid­ing elite units as well as po­lice dogs from its Spe­cial Task Force that spe­cial­izes in counter-ter­ror­ism and counter-in­sur­gency op­er­a­tions. Bangladesh is con­tribut­ing by pro­vid­ing trucks to the Army, In­dia is pro­vid­ing po­lice forces and Pak­istan has pledged to pro­vide equip­ment at an es­ti­mated cost of $400,000. China will be set­ting up CCTV cam­eras for height­ened se­cu­rity. The event, spread across sev­eral is­lands is ex­pected to be high-risk, re­quir­ing scru­ti­niz­ing se­cu­rity and tech­ni­cal lo­gis­tics.

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