As the world becomes increasingly unsafe with Islamic State and al-Qaeda opening new fronts, top security officials from India and United Kingdom would discuss measures to deal with them and other terrorist outfits in the two-day meeting of joint working group on counter-terrorism in London on January 15 and 16. What are the key specific issues on the table?Besides discussing how to deal with the growing phenomenon of ISIS and resurgence of al Qaeda, the joint working group will also look into the similarities between them and the Pakistan-based terror outfits such as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed. Does Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh also fit in the same league and what can be the done to contain them? India will be highlighting the role of rogue state actors in Pakistan, especially in the ISI and the Army trying to reroute attention of terrorist outfits towards India whose aftereffects can lead to instability in broader region. India is also expected to bring the issue of revival of Khalistan terrorism in focus whose activities have has suddenly shown an upward trend on the social media sites and in the hawala channels.What makes ISIS a key issue?The UK is keen to know why the phenomenon of ISIS remains subdued in India despite having a large population of Muslims and given the history of communal clashes. So far only a handful cases of Indian youth joining ISIS or al Qaeda have come to the fore which is sharp contrast to the UK where more than 600 youths have joined the ranks of ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq. Of the 31,000 ISIS fighters, more than 4000 youths from Europe believed to have joined of which over 700 are from France. The two countries also want to exchange ideas on the fallout of ISIS and al Qaeda, especially with the new offshoot al Qaeda in Indian subcontinent declaring operation in the region. Also on the table will be two cases against purported ISIS cadres – Mehdi Masroor Biswas and Arif Majeed – that are being probed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Why has Khalistan terrorism become a hot issue?The Khalistan terror outfits seem to be making a comeback after spending a long period in hibernation. Evidence have surfaced that to revive terrorism in Punjab, some UK-based operatives of Babbar Khalsa International have been transferring money through illegal channels to the sleeper cells of BKI in Punjab that are meant for jailed terrorists and their families. The issue of Khalistan terrorism has become important for India in the light of Akali Dal led Punjab government raising voice to free at least 13 terrorists convicted for life term. As UK is believed to have provided refuge to maximum number of wanted Khalistan terrorists after Canada, India wants to bring it to the notice of the authorities and seek cooperation from UK to deport wanted terrorists that are in the black list.

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Islamic State, al-Qaeda and Khalistan terror key issues at Indo-UK meet