Abdullah Abdullah, Afghan Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Head of the Council of Ministers, during his five day visit, will give keynote address in Jaipur in the power-packed seminar on Counter-terrorism on February 2.
The two-day conference is organised by India Foundation which is led by NSA Ajit Doval’s son Shaurya Doval. The event will see “who’s who” of the Delhi establishment.
While speaking on the central theme of seminar, Shaurya Doval told Indian Express, “We conceived the idea to highlight the integrated response to terrorism by society. We believe society should be prepared for counter-terrorism methods. Everybody should be equally sensitised.”
The seminar will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee while defence minister Manohar Parrikar will give “special lecture” on the issue. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will chair the session where Abdullah Abdullah will share the Afghan experience where Taliban controls the major territories and al-Qaeda had found safe heaven.
Home minister Rajnath Singh will also attend one of the sessions. NSA Ajit Doval will be hosting a dinner for dignitaries which includes Ibrahim Rahimpour, deputy foreign minister of Iran and Dr.Ahmed Rahim Bin Hamidi, deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia. Afghanistan, Iran and Malaysia are facing terrorism in different degrees of different shades. These Islamic countries have been in forefront in counter-terrorism initiatives to tackle it.
The Indian experience of counter-terrorism initiatives will be articulated by foreign secretary S Jaishanker in a special lecture series at the event.
When asked about the line-up of powerful political presence in a seminar, Doval said, “It is not correct to say so because many of the ministers today has been associated with India Foundation since it’s inception in 2009 like; Suresh Prabhu and Manohar Parrikar. At India Foundation we strongly feel about nation. We have been working on issue of terrorism since long.”
Ram Madhav is one of the founders and board member of the Foundation. He is the prime mover to ensure seminar gets “international” touch to it.
Daniel Pipes and Lisa Curtis, known faces of Counter-terrorism circuit are also participating. Pipes will speak on Caliphate, Al Qaeda and global Jihad. Christian Wagner from German Institute for international security affairs is also attending.
The line-up of experts from Asia is impressive as well. Dr Jaynath Colombage, former Navy chief of Sri Lanka, Senior Pakistani journalists Rahimullah Yusufzai and Marvi Sirmed, Shahriar Alam, MoS Foreign affairs, Bangladesh and Yuniar Ludfi, National Counter terrorism agency of Indonesia will speak on terrorism in South Asia.
Wang Baofu, senior colonel and vice-chairman of Strategic Advisory committee, National Defence university of China will participate in session on Regional and international response to global terrorism. Dr Amit Kumar, fellow Homeland Security and Counter –terrorism centre for National Policy , USA will speak on Terror infrastructure and financing.