While there is adequate knowledge in governmental and non-governmental circles in India about the threats emanating from Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh, there has been little appreciation of the threats which could emerge from activities in South East Asia of jihadi organisations like the Jemaah Islamiyah, its linkages in Pakistan and Bangladesh, and the linkages that it could develop in India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives in the future. Another terrorist organisation of Southeast Asia that should be of concern to India is the Abu Sayyaf of southern Philippines, which has had a long history of linkages with the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen of Pakistan,a founding member of Osama Bin Laden’s International Islamic Front.
This volume of timely and vigorously researched analyses by experts from different countries in the region is a wake-up call to counter-terrorism policy makers in India and elsewhere to pay more attention to developments in jihadi terrorism in Southeast Asia so that any linkages that might develop can be detected and neutralized in time.
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