India, Bangladesh to Ink Pacts on Terrorism during Hasina’s Visit

India and Bangladesh are expected to sign three agreements in connection with counter-terrorism and organized crime when Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visits India from Monday, said reports.

The step could help address India’s concerns about Northeast insurgents taking shelter in Bangladesh.

In a report, PTI said that apart from three above pacts, an MoU on cooperation in the power section would also be signed during Hasina’s three-day visit which is expected to boost the bilateral ties in the backdrop of recent positive atmospherics.

Report said that the Union Cabinet on Saturday gave approval to an agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters and a pact on Combating International Terrorism, Organised Crime and Illicit Drug Trafficking.

The meeting, which was presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, also gave a nod to the MoU on sharing of power between the two countries.

The Cabinet had earlier approved an agreement on Transfer of Sentenced Persons, which also will be signed on Monday after the talks between Singh and Hasina, who is making her maiden trip to India after taking over last January.

The agreements are aimed at addressing India’s concerns with regard to north-east insurgents taking shelter in Bangladesh as a legal framework would be put in place to transfer them, including those having undergone sentences in that country.

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