Indo-myanmar deal to fight terror will be re-worked
New Delhi, June 20: India and Myanmar will hold another round of talks after a concrete deal to carry out joint operations to flush out North Eastern militants did not materialize as expected.
National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval who held a series of meetings in Myanmar will have to chalk out a new strategy to engage both countries in carrying out joint operations along the Indo-Myanmar border.
India and Myanmar carried out an operation last week along the border in a bid to flush out militants who had carried out the Manipur ambush in which 18 soldiers of the Indian army were killed.
Myanmar cites limitations:
Myanmar during the course of the discussions raised several concerns about joint operations against India. One of the primary concerns was about the NSNC-Khaplang faction.
This group is headed by S S Khaplang who is a Myanmar national which put the country in a spot of bother while dealing with him.
Further Myanmar also did not want to be seen targeting its own citizens. It has suggested to India to find another solution to deal with the problem.
Entry into Myanmar territory:
During the next round of talks India and Myanmar would discuss another manner in which the terrorists hiding on Myanmar soil would be targeted. Myanmar and India would engage in better Intelligence sharing and also work on concrete steps to seal the border.
Myanmar would be told not to allow any terrorist from India to find a safe haven on its soil. In addition to this if India hands out concrete evidence, Myanmar would drive out the militants hiding on its soil to the Indian side of the border.
Myanmar had raised objection about the manner in which the previous operation was publicized.
Some ministers told the media that the Indian army had entered into Myanmar and killed terrorists. However Myanmar denied these reports and said that no operation was carried out by the Indian army on their soil.
India will look for its own solution:
India realizes the danger and risks involved in this entire scenario. Several militants who operate in North East such as Khaplang and also Paresh Baruah of the ULFA-I have taken shelter either in Myanmar or China.
India would do its best to ensure that the border is protected and terrorists do not get an easy passage out of India after carrying out a terror strike.
The patrolling along the Indo-Myanmar border will be enhanced. India would have a similar mechanism it has set up along the Indo-Pak border and ensure that terrorist movement in and out of the country comes to a halt.