Indian PM to discuss issue of terrorism with top commanders


New Delhi : Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will discuss the issue of terrorism within the country and its neighbourhood with top commanders of Armed Forces on Tuesday.

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Media reports said, the fast changing security scenario in the India’s neighbourhood, particularly recent terror attacks by “radical Islamic groups,” would be on the top of the agenda during the crucial conference of Armed Forces Commanders.

The conference to be presided over by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will also be attended by prominent figures of civilian government including External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Defence Minister A K Antony and Home Minister Shivraj Patil.

Top brass from army, navy and IAF, National Security Advisor, heads of intelligence agencies and top officials from the Defence and Home ministries will brief the meeting on the latest security scenario in the region.

The issues relating to militancy in occupied Kashmir, demand for troop reduction in K by different political parties from the state, and delays in crucial arms inductions will come under discussion in the Armed Forces Commanders Conference.

The Commanders will also discuss armed forces’ operational capability of fighting in nuclear and biological warfare environment.

Media reports said the delays in deliveries have deprived the Indian armed forces, particularly the army of hi-tech weapons systems. The Special Forces could not get the bulk of their advanced infantry weaponry and even the upgrading of artillery is almost a decade behind schedule. The army is still to issue fresh global tenders for purchase of 155 mm guns which are capable of firing nuclear shells.

Defence Minister A K Antony, who has recently attended a crucial meeting of the Indo-Russian inter-governmental joint commission on military and technical co-operation in Moscow, will give his resume on the latest position of delivery of arms from Moscow and bilateral defence cooperation.

Top nuclear and missile scientists have also been invited to the meeting who will brief the Prime Minister on the development of nuclear and missile deterrent.

The newly inducted Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor will unfold his priorities and vision, media reports added.