Terror Outrage in Sri Lanka The Global and Regional Connotations

Sub Title : Is it the Islamic State's peripheral approach to India?

Issues Details : Vol 13 Issue 2 May/June 2019

Author : Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM ** (Retd)

Page No. : 18

Category : Geostrategy

: May 25, 2019

The recent events in Sri Lanka involving the Islamic State (IS) sponsored bombings have global and regional connotations. However, considering that India was one of the nations where a large Muslim population hardly responded to the call of the IS, makes it doubly vulnerable for future IS targeting. With General Elections and a new government in place this is one of the major security challenges facing the new government. Without being alarmist, this could well be the first National Security issue facing the NDA-3

My mindset is much like rest of the people of India; we associate Sri Lanka only with the LTTE, the Tamil separatist terrorist group that the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) encountered and battled for over two years (1987-90). Many also consider the Sri Lankan Army’s kinetic victory over the LTTE in 2009 as the best means of defeating a terror organization. Those...

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