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India Proposes Anti-terror Pact with Bangladesh
Feb 25, 2015

During the recently held Indo-Bangla home secretary-level talks, India proposed the signing of an anti-terror pact with Bangladesh under which joint investigation into terror-related cases can be taken up. 

  • The pact is for envisaging a structured mechanism for exchange of terror information and updates.

  • The proposed Indo-Bangla anti-terror pact seeks to boost security ties between the two countries through regular exchange of terror information and intelligence on short-term/long-term threats.

  • It also seeks joint investigation of terror cases with cross-country linkages (including one relating to JMB's activities), coordinated counter-terror action as well as exchange of training and best counter-terror practices. 

  • JMB is a network of Bangladeshi terror outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh in India.

  • The agreement can also facilitate increased cooperation between the two countries to tackle terror financing and circulation of fake currency, which has been a major concern for India.

  • India also handed to Bangladesh a list of 39 camps of Indian insurgent groups still operating out of Bangladeshi territory.

  • Seeking a crackdown on the camps of ULFA, NDFB, National Liberation Front of Tripura and United National Liberation Front (Manipur) etc, concentrated in the Chittagong region, the Indian side provided Bangladesh with their detailed coordinates.

  • India also updated Bangladesh on the status of ratification of the Indo-Bangladesh Land Boundary Agreement. A constitutional amendment bill is expected to be taken up in the Parliament for consideration and passage.

The home ministry in India is working on rehabilitating the nearly 3,500 Indians now settled in enclaves in Bangladesh but who plan to cross over to the Indian side as when the enclaves are swapped. A financial package for states to accommodate the nearly 51,000 Bangladeshis living in enclaves here, after they are given Indian citizenship, is also being drawn up.


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