India, B’desh determined to combat militancy: PC

Last Updated: Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 22:02

Dhaka: Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday
said India and Bangladesh were determined to jointly combat
the menace of militancy and terrorism as he appreciated
Dhaka`s cooperation against cross-border insurgency.



Chidambaram said India was comfortable with security
cooperation with its eastern neighbour.
"In the last two-and-half-years I have been the Home
Minister of India, I cannot recall having made any complaint
against Bangladesh," he told a joint press conference with his
Bangladeshi counterpart Sahara Khatun after talks at the
secretariat.



Asked if the Indian complaints about Bangladesh
patronage of separatist elements was still valid, Chidambaram
said, on the contrary, on numerous occasions he appreciated
Dhaka`s splendid cooperation in supporting New Delhi to
apprehend insurgents.



In the past, India had complained that insurgents
found Bangladesh`s territory in rugged frontiers a safe haven,
a charge denied by Dhaka.



The Home Minister, who is on a 24-hour visit here,
said both countries now recognized the importance of
cooperation on security issues and were determined to "jointly
combat the menace of insurgency, militancy and terrorism".



"We are glad that our leaderships had agreed that the
territory of either would not be allowed for activities
inimical to the other," Chidambaram said.
He said both the countries resolved "not to allow
their respective territory to be used for training, sanctuary
and other operations by domestic or foreign terrorists or
militants and insurgent organizations and their operatives".



The nearly two-and-a-half-hour meeting between
Chidambaram and his Bangladeshi counterpart Khatun, ahead of
the September 6 and 7 visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
here, today yielded a comprehensive border management
agreement between the chiefs of the paramilitary border
guards.



"We share a long land border and ensuring its sanctity
is the joint responsibility...We believe that this will help
them (BGB and BSF) to enhance together the management of
border," Chidambaram said.



Bangladesh in recent years witnessed a massive
anti-terrorism clampdown that also yielded the arrests of over
a dozen suspected Pakistani and Indian Islamist militants
belonging to outfits like Laskar-e-Toiba.



Bangladesh has reported to have helped India nab a
number of leading figures of Indian insurgents group ULFA
while investigations were underway in an abortive attempt to
smuggle in 10-truck loads of weapons to ULFA hideouts in
north-eastern India using Bangladesh territory.



PTI

First Published: Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 22:02
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