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Delhi to serve demarche on Dhaka over terror

Delhi to serve demarche on Dhaka over terror

Author: Nilova Roy Chaudhury
Publication: The Statesman
Date: November 30, 2002
URL: http://www.thestatesman.net/page.arcview.php?date=2002-11-30&clid=1&id=6693

India is likely to serve a demarche (formal letter) on Dhaka detailing information that was presented in Parliament by external affairs minister Mr Yashwant Sinha. Due next week, the demarche would provide details of Al-Qaida operatives and activities in Bangladesh and assistance provided by it to insurgents in the North- east. New Delhi will delink the terrorism issue from charges of "Bangladesh-baiting" that the Dhaka foreign ministry has accused former PM Sheikh Hasina Wajed of instigating during her stay in India.

Dhaka has denied reports of any anti-India activities on its territory.

Border Security Force (BSF) Director-General Mr Ajay Raj Sharma today said Intelligence inputs suggest that Al-Qaida operatives were present in Bangladesh, and that the ISI was using it to route arms and ammunition for terrorist activities in the North-east. He, however, said he had no evidence to prove that Al-Qaida functionaries were present in Bangladesh. "We have no evidence to show that Al-Qaida men are there. But Intelligence inputs suggest that they are present and operating in Bangladesh." Mr George Fernandes, however, asserted that India had the evidence to back its charge.

Dhaka has reacted sharply to Sheikh Hasina Wajed's presence in India, saying her visit had acted as a catalyst for a tirade of anti- Bangladesh statements. Though officials refused to be drawn into the question of whether Sheikh Hasina would seek or be given refuge in India if denied entry into her country, it's unlikely Delhi would deny her shelter.

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