Terrorists have international links: Minister

March 5th, 2008 - 12:08 am ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 4 (IANS) Most terrorist groups operating in India have links with groups and agencies across the border, mainly in Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Minister of State for Home Sri Prakash Jaiswal said. Replying to questions in the house, the minister said Lashker-e-Tayyaba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Harkat-ul-Jihad-e-Islami (HUJI), Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and Al-Badr were among the terror groups having international networks.

Security and intelligence agencies closely monitor the activities of such groups. Relevant information and inputs in this regard are regularly shared with the state governments, he said.

Surveillance is being maintained on the borders to check and control possible infiltration of terrorist elements into the country, Jaiswal said.

Other measures taken to check infiltration include border fencing, floodlighting and strengthening of arrangements for coastal security, he said.

Given the external imperatives of the terrorist activities and violence in various parts of the country, action is also being taken at the international level through bilateral and multilateral cooperation to check and counter terrorism. Several institutional mechanisms have been developed towards this end, the minister said.

Also India is an active partner in all UN measures to combat the menace of global terrorism, the minister added.

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