digital desk, Panaji. Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh said on Monday that India, Sri Lanka and Maldives will collectively tackle the drug trade run by ISIS and Taliban based on actionable intelligence.
In his speech at the opening ceremony of the Goa Maritime Conclave, he also said that since the funding of ISIS and Taliban has stopped, both the extremist groups are earning income through the trade of drugs.
He said, since a lot of funding has stopped, now most of the income of ISIS and Taliban is coming through the trade of drugs.
Singh further said, this drug trade moves beyond the Makran coast, to the east coast of Africa, then moves east through all the island regions which are basically tourism oriented economies. The drugs go to Sri Lanka, go to India and of course are sent around the world. For example Maldives, Sri Lanka and we (India) are going to run such operations where we will deal with them as soon as we get intelligence.
Admiral Singh also said that there is a need to develop collective maritime capability among the navies of the Indian Ocean region.
“The other thing that we’re trying to do is collective maritime capability,” he said. Each country has geographical location, certain job knowledge, technology and manpower, so we want to build collective maritime capability in this area. We are also trying to build capacity – capacity means training. Sri Lanka for example has a very good knowledge of how to handle the situation – they are the only ones who have successfully handled a large terrorist organization.