SAARC has pledged to step up coordinated action against terrorism, including steps to apprehend or extradite persons connected with acts of terrorism and facilitate real-time intelligence sharing.
The meeting of SAARC Interior Ministers also resolved to step up cooperation in real time intelligence-sharing and to consider Pakistan’s proposal for creation of SAARCPOL, an institution on the lines of Interpol. The Ministerial statement on cooperation against terrorism adopted at the meeting yesterday said the SAARC member states had underscored their “commitment to apprehend and prosecute or extradite persons connected, directly or indirectly, with the commissions of acts of terrorism”. They reiterated their commitment to strengthen SAARC’s regime against terrorism.
The Interior Ministers emphasised the importance of a coordinated and concerted response to the menace.
The Ministers, including Ratnasiri Wickremanayake representing Sri Lanka, pledged to implement measures against the “organisation, instigation, financing and facilitation” of terrorist activities.
They also said administrative and legal measures to ensure that the territories of the SAARC states are “not used for terrorist installations or training camps or for the preparation or organisation of terrorist acts intended to be committed against other states or their citizens”. They resolved to ensure that “nationals and entities” of SAARC states who commit, facilitate or participate in commission of terror acts are “appropriately punished”.