India asks neighbours for strong counter-terror action
New Delhi: Having suffered terror strikes, including the audacious Mumbai attacks in 2008, India on Wednesday asked its neighbours not to just do lip service to countering these threats emanating from their soil, but to take "concrete actions" to match their intentions.
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde asked his counterparts from seven other South Asian nations if their countries were actually doing enough to curb terror activities and acting on robust intelligence inputs shared among them.
Shinde was addressing the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) meeting of home ministers from the eight member-states at the Bandos Island resort in the Maldives.
"Each instance of terrorism in our region is a reminder for us to cooperate in concrete action rather than merely in intentions," Shinde said.
"As ministers responsible for securing our nations, we need to consider if we are doing enough to address these challenges," he said, reminding his counterparts that often at such meetings they all reiterated the need to share information on a real-time basis on terrorist groups, organised criminal activity and their supporting networks.
"However, intelligence-sharing is meaningful only if it is acted upon. The incentive to share information is reduced if it is perceived that it is either being disregarded or not utilised properly," he said.
His comments come against the backdrop of India providing innumerable dossiers to Pakistan on the 26/11 Mumbai terror attackers and asking for action against Pakistan-based key players behind the attacks, such as Lashkar-e-Taiba`s Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Jamaat-ud-Dawa`s Hafiz Saeed.
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