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Terrorists may recruit pirates: Maldives

Press Trust of India
Thursday, December 25, 2008 4:48 PM (New Delhi)


Terrorists, who are under attacks in many countries, may recruit sea pirates to carry out strikes, Maldives President Mohammad Nasheed said on Thursday and underlined the need to step up vigilance in high seas.

The recent attack on Mumbai has shown that terrorists were using 16th century ideas of carrying out strikes through the sea, said Nasheed, who swept to Presidency in the first democratic elections in the archipelago nation two months ago.

The issue of being more observant and vigilant at sea came up during his discussions with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday, said the 41-year-old leader wrapping up his first official visit to India.

"It is not a piracy issue any more. Pirates may be recruited into terrorist cells. That is a best type of terrorist you could get -- a pirate," he said pointing out that the attack in Mumbai has all the footprints of 16th century Indian Ocean activities.

Nasheed, a former journalist, said he was "shocked" at the media focus on Pakistan aiding terrorists, who according to him are now concentrating on launching attacks from the sea.

"You have electrified the India-Pakistan border and pushed them (terrorists) in the Indian Ocean. The Tamil Tigers have been forced into the sea," he said.

Noting that piracy was an area of concern for Maldives, Nasheed favoured more frequent joint exercises with the Indian Coast Guard.

"We have a very professional coastguard and we have joint exercises every two years. I believe two years is a very long interval and I suppose it should be more frequent," he said.

NASHEED SHOULD KNOW! HIS UNCLE-IN-LAW, SIKKA AHMED ISMAIL MANIKU SENT PLOTE TERRORISTS ON 3/11/1988 FROM SRI LANKA BY SEA ON HIJACKED VESSELS. NASHEED'S MINISTER FOR DEFENCE & NATIONAL SECURITY (AMEEN FAISAL) WAS SACKED FROM DEFENCE SERVICE FOR "HIS CONNECTION" WITH SIKKA AHMED MANIKU, AND, NASHEED'S MINISTER OF STATE FOR DEFENCE AND NATIONAL SECURITY (UNTIL TWO DAYS BACK) ABDULLAH SHAHID (aka DB) WAS SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR HIS ACTIVE PART IN THE ABORTED COUP.

MAYBE INDIA SHOULD HIRE THE MALDIVIAN GOVERNMENT'S EXPERTISE IN TERRORISM BY SEA.

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