Terrorists still operate from Bangladesh: PM's envoy
New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Special Envoy Satinder K. Lamba Thursday said terrorists and insurgents still operated from Bangladesh despite Dhaka's efforts to contain them.
Delivering the keynote address at the Fourth India-Bangladesh Security Dialogue organised by Observer Research Foundation in association with the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI), Lamba said: "There was a need to sustain the current levels of cooperation to jointly eradicate the menace of insurgency, terrorism and militancy from our soil.
"It is well-known that terrorists, insurgents, militants and criminal elements respect no civilian law and territorial boundaries. Some of these groups and their associated agencies continue to have their hideouts and network of the fake Indian currency notes in Bangladesh," he said.
He said India greatly appreciated the efforts of the Bangladesh government in taking action against "inimical elements" operating from Bangladesh.
Lamba also stressed on the need to urgently finalise an extradition treaty between India and Bangladesh.
Noting that three security related agreements had been signed between the two countries, he hoped the extradition pact will be finalised soon.
A 12-member Bangladesh delegation led by BEI president and former foreign secretary Farooq Sobhan is attending the two-day conference, the fourth in the series.
Lamba pointed out that due to the porous nature of the India-Bangladesh border, there had been considerable cross border criminal activity including illegal trade in arms and explosives, counterfeit currency, and trafficking in narcotics as well as women and children.
"These problems pose a threat to the social and economic well-being of both India and Bangladesh," Lamba said.
He said India was determined to complete the ratification process and implement the agreement on the Land Boundary, signed during the last visit of Manmohan Singh.
BEI president Farooq Sobhan said close cooperation and hard work was needed to sustain the progressing relationship between the two countries.
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