Pak, India must set up counterterrorism centres for bilateral cooperation: Seminar

March 10th, 2011 - 5:01 pm ICT by ANI  

Karachi, Mar 10(ANI): India and Pakistan should establish Counter Terrorism Centres (CTCs) in their capitals as a way to institutionalise bilateral cooperation against terrorism, a two-day strategic seminar organised under Aman Ki Asha has recommended.

The seminar was organised for devising ways and means of reducing the acrimony between India and Pakistan, and turning over a new leaf in their ties for the mutual benefit of the people of both countries, The News reports.

At the end of the conference, it was concluded that war is “not an option. The two sides should formulate policies, which should make war impossible.”

It was recommended that the governments of Pakistan and India must coordinate to combat common enemy terrorism and in this context, a joint mechanism agreed to in Havana needs to be strengthened by establishing CTCs.

The CTCs would be headed by a secretary-level officer and include senior officers from all the intelligence and criminal investigation agencies, and its mandate would include regular communication, early warning, exchange of actionable intelligence, monitoring of terrorist organisations, joint training in counter-terrorism and potentially joint responses/operations. The seminar also envisaged a dedicated hotline between the CTCs and monthly meetings between the heads, alternatively in Islamabad and New Delhi.

It also recommended that the Pakistan and Indian governments should move ahead for the resolution of the pending issues like Sir Creek and Siachen Glacier.Jammu & Kashmir remains one of the critical issues between both countries and they should work for its early resolution, taking into account the wishes of the people there, it added. (ANI)

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