Security experts express concern over rising influence of IS
Amrullah Saleh, former head of national Directorate of Security- Afghanistan, presented a comparison of ISIS and Taliban and said that there are many similarities between the two organizations and they must not be seen differently.
“Both ISIS and Taliban have similarities, they have committed act of hate against history by destroying historic monuments.
They massacred and exploited people, their concept of governance is similar and both born out of the state collapse,” he said.
Saleh said that after the intervention of US post 9/11, the military regime brought prosperity in Afghanistan as compared to the Taliban rule but still the forces have not been able to defeat Taliban.
He urged the other countries to cooperate with Afghanistan in stability of the region.
Tao Tao, Deputy Secretary General of Chinese People s Association for Peace and Disarmament, said that international communities should cooperate and member states should honour and implement the UN resolution against terrorism.
He said the terrorism is not confined to a particular region and has spread its reach across the globe.
“Terrorism is not confined to middle east. It has crossed regions. Their (terror organisations ) connections are trans borders therefore international cooperation and coordination is immensely needed. The situation require more coordinated efforts by the global community,” he said.
For China, he said the country has capability to fight against the terror and to safeguard its interest.
“Counter terrorism is high on the security agenda of China. We lay stress on cooperation by neighbouring countries,” he said.
“China and India face terrorism. It has become major issue for security and fighting together is one of the important areas between the two countries,” he said.
Former Army chief Gen (retd) V P Malik accused Pakistan for terrorism and said that its former President General Parvez Musharraf used to say that “(terror) groups are the first line of defence for Pakistan.”
“We should stop such kind of things,” Malik said, while suggesting that regional centers should be set up to monitor activities of terror organizations.
He said that such centers were needed for creating data base, intelligence sharing and joint interrogation.
Lisa Curtis, Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation of USA narrated how terrorism has affected the USA and terror attacks increased in recent years there.
Talking about Pakistan, Curtis said that Pakistan should act on terrorism and on evidences provided by India with regard to terrorists attacks in India.
“Now onus is on to Pakistan to act against terrorists groups. After Mumbai attack, Pakistan was slow (in acting against terror organsiations) and we have seen no response from Pakistan,” she said.
In another session, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh Shahriar Alam presented how his government was tacking the issue of terrorism.
“We follow zero tolerance policy against terrorism. We have banned terror organisation created legal framework,” he said.
Alam said that religious leaders have been involved in his country to highlight the affects and impact of terror activities and focus was also on educating students and youths through He also said that no single country can contain the terrorism and it needs a global cooperation.
“India suffered more from terrorism and the way to peace for Bangladesh was also not smooth. We, Bangladesh and India have good relations and good cooperation,” he said.
Christian Wagner from Germany said, “no country is immune from terrorism and no longer safe from terrorism despite surveillance, profiling and all.”
Former Navy Chief of Sri Lanka Jayanth Colombage talked about the LTTE, its impact and role of Tamil Diaspora in funding and facilitating the organisation.
Cabinet Minister, Prime Minister s department of Malaysia also expressed concern on spread of the terrorism and the need to work closely.