Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ishwar Pokhrel declared on Sunday that the bombing strikes in Sri Lanka in April had sent a clear and solid message that a new form of the terrorist threat has arrived in South Asia.
The defense minister made the comments whilst addressing a seminar titled “Dialogues on Public Security: Countering Terrorism” organized by the Nepali Army in the capital on Sunday.
On April 21, several terror attacks struck churches and high-class hotels in Sri Lanka on the Easter vacation, killing more than 200 people and wounding hundreds.
Pokhrel declared the Nepali government thinks it is very important to recognize the complex phenomenon of terrorism in regional and national contexts. “We also think that we need to understand the lessons and experiences of our friends around the world, on counter-terrorism,” he declared.
The minister stressed the require for domestic, regional, and international efforts to address the issue of terrorism.
“In this century, many security threats are cross-cutting and alternative in nature. They are neither limited by nationwide boundaries nor dealt with by conventional warfare. The worst of these threats to challenge humanity and global security is terrorism,” the minister stated.
The minister also declared that the government of Nepal recently announced the National Security Policy to reflect the changing security surroundings.
“We are in the process of formulating the necessary instruments and infrastructures to implement the National Security Policy. It could be useful for us to learn how developed nations have created institutional arrangements to counter these emerging threats. These will help us develop our own policy, plans, and capacity building,” he said.