'A wake-up call for Nepal'
Kathmandu, July 2
The terror attack in Dhaka is a wake-up call for South Asia and Nepal should stay alert to foil any such assault, analysts cautioned.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli condemned the attack, while Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kamal Thapa termed it “a heinous act of crime against innocent people”.
Former foreign minister Ramesh Nath Pandey said the attack was not simply a wake-up call, but a real threat of international terrorism to South Asia, including Nepal.
“India, Pakistan and Afghanistan were already in the IS radar. Now, this attack is proof that IS has stepped into South Asia,” he told THT. He said, “We have porous border with India and lack strong state-institutions, including security bodies to deal with such threat.”
Retired lieutenant general Balananda Sharma said Nepal couldn’t be an exception if all its neighbours were being targeted by terrorists.
Pandey and Sharma both said Chinese and Indian security concerns and visibility would definitely shore up in Nepal if we became a target of terrorists.