Bangladesh on Tuesday sought intensified cooperation among the South Asian countries to fight terrorism, saying the Mumbai attacks showed that terrorists were “very good” in forming trans-national linkages.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said that nothing short of the expected mutual partnership would enable South Asia to effectively face the growing menace of terrorism.
“We in Bangladesh strongly believe it (terrorism) can’t be dealt individually in isolation,” she told a conference of security experts and officials of South Asian nations in Dhaka.
Moni said the terror attacks in Mumbai taught the region a lesson that there was a growing need for regional cooperation as terrorists “are very good in forming transnational linkages and partnership”.
But, she said, that intelligence agencies of the South Asian countries “unfortunately” lacked cooperation.
“The time has come for governments, law enforcement and intelligence agencies, counter-terrorism research community ... to come together and form forceful and active trans-national and trans-regional linkages,” Moni said.
Dhaka-based Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS) organised the two-day meet on Counter- Terrorism Strategy for South Asia to develop a network of government functionaries and independent security think tanks in the region.