Bangladesh HM to discus IS threat with Rajnath Singh

RSTV Bureau
President Pranab Mukherjee with Asaduzzaman Khan, Home Minister of Bangladesh at a meeting at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi Photo-PTI

President Pranab Mukherjee with Asaduzzaman Khan, Home Minister of Bangladesh at a meeting at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi
Photo-PTI

Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Bangladesh Interior Minister Asaduzamman Khan Kamal are holding a high level meeting in Delhi on Thursday to discuss the growing activities of ISIS in the sub-continent. It is in this backdrop that Bangladesh is expected to raise the issue of Zakir Naik with Ministry of Home Affairs.

Both the Ministers are also expected to discuss issues ranging from radicalisation of youths and anti-terror cooperation in the day-long delegation-level talks.

The meeting is supposed to give clarity on what India and Bangladesh think about the activities of the Middle-East terror group, counter-terror cooperation’s and ways to check cross-border crimes will be discussed threadbare.

The visit of the Bangladeshi leader comes nearly a month after a grisly terror attack at a Dhaka cafe in which 22 people, including an Indian girl, were killed.

File Photo: Bangladeshi soldiers and security personnel sit on top of armored vehicles as they cordon off an area near a restaurant popular with foreigners after heavily armed militants took dozens of hostages, in a diplomatic zone of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, Bangladesh, on July 2, 2016.

File Photo: Bangladeshi soldiers and security personnel sit on top of armored vehicles as they cordon off an area near a restaurant popular with foreigners after heavily armed militants took dozens of hostages, in a diplomatic zone of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, Bangladesh, on July 2, 2016.

ISIS and anti-terror cooperation are two top issues to be discussed at the bilateral meeting, a Home Ministry official said.

Bangladeshi counter-terror officials, accompanying their Home Minister, will meet officials of the National Investigation Agency while officials of Border Guard Bangladesh will meet their counterparts of Border Security Force.

The Bangladeshi team is expected to give a list of terror suspects who might have been hiding in India to escape that country’s security net.

Besides, infiltration, smuggling of narcotics and cattle and a few other issues will be discussed at the meeting.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrish and Director Generals of Border Security Force and Narcotics Control Bureau will participate in the talks.

The last Home Minister-level talks in India were held in December, 2012 in Bangladesh in January, 2013