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India, Bangla have real-time intelligence sharing on terror: Karim

delhi Updated: Jan 22, 2010 23:26 IST

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India and Bangladesh have real-time intelligence sharing on terrorism-related issues but the absence of a formal mechanism is preventing further progress in tackling the menace, Bangladesh High Commissioner Tariq Ahmad Karim said on Friday.

"There is a real-time information sharing between our security agencies and from all indications I have from the agencies in Dhaka is that they are very happy with it. I have spoken to my friends in New Delhi and they are also happy with it," he told reporters during an interaction here.

Asked about the government putting on alert flights of Air India and other Indian carriers operating in South Asia following inputs that terrorists were plotting to hijack an Indian plane in the region, he said the Indian side has not shared any information on this with Bangladesh.

"If they (India) think there is a real threat I am sure they will come and share it with me. So far, they have not. I will prefer to go by whatever they share with us and tell us rather than jumping to conclusion by reacting to speculative reports," he said.

Karim said in reply to a question that "putting together perhaps a mechanism" is a constraint between India and Bangladesh in tackling terrorism.

The High Commissioner said Bangaldesh has been a victim of terrorism and the country shares the mutual concerns and apprehensions of what the sources of terrorism can do and where it will lead the countries.

"We have recognised this publicy as well as through private actions," he said.