India is hosting the second meeting of the High Level Group of Eminent Experts to strengthen the SAARC anti- terrorism mechanism.
The meeting is being hosted by Director of Intelligence Bureau Dineshwar Sharma and intelligence chiefs of all SAARC nations except Pakistan are participating. Intelligence chiefs of Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives besides India, are all present.
Pakistan sent junior officials from their High Commission in India, for the meet to snub India. Earlier, Pakistan was expected to send Aftab Sultan, the Director General of Intelligence Bureau of Pakistan.
Of late, India has been trying to isolate Pakistan on international for a post a terror attack in Uri where 18 Indian soldiers were killed.
The meeting is in line with the high priority India attaches for regional cooperation in anti-terrorism activities as terrorism remains the single biggest threat to peace, stability and progress in the region and beyond.
The meeting provides a platform for discussing and identifying measures to tackle this menace threatening our societies.
The meeting is likely to review the functioning of the existing anti-terrorism mechanisms in the region including the SAARC Terrorist Offences Monitoring Desk (STOMD) and the SAARC Drug Offences Monitoring Desk (SDOMD), intelligence sharing and police cooperation.
It will also discuss related issues such as combating corruption, cyber crimes, terror financing and money laundering.
The meeting was recommended by the SAARC Ministerial Declaration on Cooperation in Combating Terrorism, adopted by the 31st Meeting of SAARC Council of Ministers in Colombo, in 2009.
(With inputs from PTI)