New Delhi, Sept 14: Setting the agenda for the SAARC Summit at Islamabad, India will look to make the SAARC Terrorist Offences Monitoring Desk operational. The SAARC summit would be held at Islamabad on November 9 and 10.
Intelligence Bureau chief Dineshwar Sharma, who will address a high level group of experts at Delhi on Sept 22, will try and revive the desk originally set up at Colombo in 1985.
With the threat of terrorism in the region increasing with each passing day, India feels that it would help a great deal if this desk becomes functional. It would help all SAARC nations to fight the menace of terrorism, Home Ministry officials say.
The desk was set up in 1985 in Colombo to help share and disseminate information relating to terrorism. The officers part of the desk would work closely and also discuss strategy apart from sharing intelligence to thwart terror related activities.
The desk would also be helpful while sharing real time information on terrorism. With the threat of terrorism growing online, such a desk would come in handy to share real time information, officials also explained.
The high level group of experts will be addressed by the Indian IB chief. The last time that this group met was in 2012 in New Delhi and the address was given by the then IB chief Nechal Sandhu.
While all member countries have confirmed their participation, Pakistan is yet to send out any official word. Home Ministry officials, however, say that they are confident that Pakistan would send its delegation for the meet.