UK announces new funding to tackle Khalistani extremism

The United Kingdom’s Security Minister Tom Tugendhat has announced new funding to enhance the UK’s capability to tackle 'pro-Khalistan extremism.'

Tugendhat made the announcement after a meeting with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in the national capital on Thursday (10 August), the British High Commission in India said.

The UK minister is in India for a three-day visit to bolster bilateral cooperation on security initiatives and participate in the third G20 Anti-Corruption Ministerial Meeting in Kolkata on August 12.

The 95,000 pound investment will enhance the government’s understanding of the threat posed by pro-Khalistan extremism, complementing the joint work already underway between the UK and India through the Joint-Extremism Task Force, the British High Commission said in a statement.

The UK minister said, “The living bridge between India and the UK reflects our deep and enduring friendship. As the world’s oldest and largest democracies, we have many shared opportunities to make the world a safer and more prosperous place."

“A deeper partnership between our two nations means we can more effectively tackle the security threats we both face. I’m committed to working together to enhance our understanding of and capabilities against extremism – whatever form it takes," Tugendhat said.

Corruption also harms our prosperity, damages our society and threatens our national security. I am delighted to be attending the G20 Anti-Corruption Ministerial meeting, presided over by India, to continue strengthening global resilience and cracking down on its corrosive influence,” he added.

Tugendhat will also visit the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to discuss joint challenges posed by child sexual exploitation and abuse, and fraud.
He is also scheduled to meet with National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval.

British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis said, “The unique connection between our people brings both huge opportunities and security challenges. Through mechanisms like the Joint Extremism Task Force we are acting jointly on countering threats, including pro-Khalistan extremism, as well as on migration, to keep our people safe."

“Our migration and mobility relationship is a pillar of our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, which also includes ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific and tackling the biggest challenges facing the world around climate and health. This is a partnership for now, including India’s G20 Presidency, and for the future," he added.


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