The SAARC meeting held in Delhi on Thursday was graced by top diplomats, but Pakistan was the sole nation, that chose to send junior official to the high-profile event.
Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar on Wednesday summoned Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit here following Sunday’s cross-border terror attack on an army base at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir, in which 18 Indian soldiers lost their lives.
The two-day conference of the High-Level Group of Eminent Experts from South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries, to be held here, is being hosted by Director of Intelligence Bureau Dineshwar Sharma and intelligence chiefs of all other SAARC nations – Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives besides India – will participate it.
September 21 (ANI): With New Delhi trying to corner Islamabad over the terror attack in Uri, Pakistan has decided not to send its Intelligence Bureau chief to India to attend the second meeting of High Level Group of Eminent Experts from SAARC countries beginning Thursday. “It is the responsibility of worldwide community to ensure that Pakistan stops anti-India terror activities”. No country today is in a position to tackle this problem on its own.
He said the terrorist organisations use easily accessible technology to attack both soft and hard targets. “Therefore, the effort should be comprehensive and we should single out a country that spoils our unity and regional peace”, Dr Shaida Mohammad Abdali said. Sharma said cyberspace has become an important area for radicalisation and spread of jihadi materials.
Pointing out that the first meeting on the SAARC Anti-Terrorism Mechanism in February 2012 had stressed upon the need for immediate operationalisation of the newly-created SAARC Terrorist Offences Monitoring Desk and SAARC Drug Offences Monitoring Desk at Colombo for creating database which could be used by all members, Sharma said not much progress seems to have taken place on this initiative.
Reports said that the army would hand over to the NIA weapons, ammunition, maps and Global Positioning System sets the terrorists had carried, as the investigation agency pieces together the identity of the terrorists and retraces the route they allegedly took to infiltrate into India. It will also discuss related issues such as combating corruption, cyber crimes, terror financing and money laundering.