State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam on Tuesday said there is no existence of Islamic State (IS) and other international terror outfits in the country.
“The terror attacks in the country were carried out by homegrown militant outfits. There is no evidence that they had link with any international terrorist outfit,” he said.
The state minister was speaking at the closing session of the three-day ‘Chiefs of Police Conference of South Asia and Neighbouring Countries on Regional Cooperation in Curbing Violent Extremism and Transnational Crime’ at a city hotel.
“But we need to remain alert as the global terrorist outfits may try to recruit cadres or influence the local outfits, particularly through net based communications,” Shahriar said.
“We believe that effective relationship and functional cooperation among the neighbouring countries can be the best answer to terrorism and other transnational crimes,” he added.
Meanwhile, chiefs of police and other law enforcement agencies of South Asia and neighbouring countries on Tuesday vowed to work together in curbing violent extremism and transnational crimes.
They signed the joint Dhaka declaration after completion of the three-day international conference.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam was present in the conference as the chief guest in the closing session. Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Hoque chaired the closing session.
Bangladesh police in collaboration with Interpol organised the conference that began on Sunday being attended by representatives from 15 countries, including Bangladesh.
Briefing reporters after the closing session, IGP AKM Shahidul Hoque said, “It was a successful conference.”
He also said, “To implement the joint Dhaka declaration, we will have to sign MOU with law enforcement agencies of other countries. The Dhaka declaration will become successful if our government gives consent to sign MoU with the law enforcement agencies of other countries.”
In Dhaka declaration, they vowed to work together to identify recent trend of crimes that pose immense threats. They also decided to work together to promote exchange of information to curb terrorism and transnational crimes effectively in order to strengthen counterterrorism capabilities.
The Dhaka declaration included establishing one to one communication through NCB of Interpol member states. It also included establishing IT network with the countries to share information to curb violent extremism and transnational crimes.
It included cooperation among respective investigators and prosecutors with a view to prosecuting offenders involved in terrorism and transnational crimes.
It also included working closely with organisations of the world to establish effective mutual assistance and capacity building, enhancing cooperation to prevent smuggling of illegal arms from being obtained by terrorist groups and other criminal networks.
The 14 other countries are Afghanistan, Australia, Bhutan, Brunei, China, India, Indonesia, the Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.