Pakistan intelligence chief Aftab Sultan to skip SAARC meet in India

The agenda of the meeting includes functioning of SAARC Terrorist Offences Monitoring Desk (STOMD) and the SAARC Drug Offences Monitoring Desk (SDOMD).

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:September 20, 2016 8:16 pm

Amidst the ongoing hostility over terror attack in Uri, Pakistan has decided not to send its intelligence chief to India to attend a conference of top security experts of SAARC countries beginning Thursday. Director General of Intelligence Bureau of Pakistan Aftab Sultan will not attend the SAARC meeting and that country will be represented by an official of the Pakistan High Commission, a Home Ministry official said.

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.

Sunday’s terror attack at a military station in Uri, where 18 soldiers were killed, and the continuing unrest in Kashmir Valley for more than two months after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani led to deterioration of bilateral relations between India and Pakistan.

The four terrorists who attacked Uri had come from Pakistan and Islamabad had openly eulogised Wani’s acts, inviting sharp reactions from India. According to a statement issued by the Home Ministry, the second meeting of the High-Level Group of Eminent Experts from SAARC countries will be held on September 22 and 23. The aim of the meeting is to strengthen SAARC anti-terror mechanism, it said. The first such meeting was held in New Delhi in February 2012.

The agenda of the meeting includes functioning of SAARC Terrorist Offences Monitoring Desk (STOMD) and the SAARC Drug Offences Monitoring Desk (SDOMD), countering terrorism and strengthening anti-terrorism mechanisms in SAARC, intelligence sharing and police cooperation, human resource development and relationship building, combating corruption and cyber crimes, among others.

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    khan
    Sep 20, 2016 at 3:21 pm
    SAARC has gone for a six
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      MyTake
      Sep 20, 2016 at 10:08 pm
      Don't let Pak officials get inside the meeting room as a response to Indian journalist being insulted who was not allowed to attend the press conference hold by stan recently.
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        MyTake
        Sep 20, 2016 at 10:21 pm
        India need to take active steps to facilitate returns of Pandits to the valley. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Since the terrorists have driven out Pandits from the valley w, they in fact have abrogated their exclusive rights of not allowing outsiders to settle in the valley. India is in its own right now to get people from other pars of India to settle there.
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          MyTake
          Sep 20, 2016 at 10:18 pm
          This may be your version of truth, not India's! Try not to play victim card in the name of religion. A "Highway" to God which has subscribed to crores of others paths (with 33 crore representatives) but with real life GPS in place as guiding force, does not have to worry about one more path, if it is not infected with virus! India need to come hard on trouble makers in the name of religion who are trying to eliminate all other paths and suffocate the people!
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            Adnan Liaquat
            Sep 20, 2016 at 3:48 pm
            We'll be fair, it's not 2 month unrest in Kashmir, it's over 80 civilians killed by army personnel, it was a reaction from them. As long as you keep pushing Kashmir people they will keep attacking you.
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              arc
              Sep 20, 2016 at 3:36 pm
              By the singular act of killing Wani, Modi has murdered SAARC. Congratulations. But then he is a veteran of macre.
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                avi
                Sep 20, 2016 at 9:45 pm
                He has to stay away how can he show his face even with a thick skin !
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                  Bharat
                  Sep 20, 2016 at 3:50 pm
                  You s for a toss of life time
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