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UK minister in Delhi: Rs 1cr fund to fight Khalistanis – Times of India

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LONDON: UK security minister Tom Tugendhat announced new funding of £95,000 (almost Rs 1 crore) during a trip to Delhi to tackle UK-based Khalistan extremism to bolster India-UK cooperation on security.

During a meeting with external affairs minister S Jaishankar in New Delhi on Thursday, Tugendhat announced the new cash injection to enhance the UK’s capability to tackle pro-Khalistan extremism. The announcement comes as the UK and India are in the latter stages of negotiating a bilateral FTA.
The £95,000 investment will improve the UK government’s understanding of the threat posed by pro-Khalistan extremism, increasing its ability to identify and disrupt extremist narratives and activity — complementing the work already underway between the UK and India through the joint extremism task force, which aims to enhance cooperation on tackling extremism, ensuring that “all possible actions” are taken against groups and individuals seeking to incite violent extremism, or who are involved in the financing of it.

Tugendhat, who is on athree-day trip to India, met national security adviser Ajit Doval in New Delhi on Friday ahead of travelling to the G20 anti-corruption talks in Kolkata on Saturday.
Tugendhat said: “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 also met the CBI in Delhi to discuss joint challenges posed by child sex abuse and fraud.
British high commissioner to India Alex Ellis said: “The unique connection between our people brings both huge opportunities and security challenges. We are acting jointly on countering threats, including pro-Khalistan extremism, as well as on migration, to keep our people safe.”
The British high commission in New Delhi added that the UK government remains “committed to working with the government of India following the unacceptable attack against the India high commission in London in March 2023.”



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