Singapore’s Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugan expressed his concern that the Taliban’s takeover could lead to increase terrorism in South East Asia. He said that Afghanistan could become a safe haven for terrorist training and access to weapons. He is worried that the war-torn country might provide training, harden and radicalise the minds of terrorists from South East Asia, including Singapore.
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K Shanmugan reminded that ISIS and Al-Qaeda counted on these areas to provide a safe haven for potential terrorists.
According to Singaporean minister, Afghanistan could be a safe place to train terrorists and a place where their minds can be hardened and radicalised.
He stated that many security agencies and people are worried that the Taliban’s takeover would increase terrorism in the region. He said that Singapore will prepare for this as it is a long-term issue. Adding that the day-to-day events in Afghanistan do not have an immediate effect but is a long-term strategy.
He said that every country needs to figure out what works best for them against this. He further added that the most important thing is to make sure the social and economic policies provide opportunities for all and make the people believe they have a stake in the country.
Earlier, Singapore’s PM Lee Hsien Loong warned that the fight against terrorism had just begun. Following the 20th anniversary of 9/11 attack on
the United States, he said that extremist terrorism has metastasized. He recalled how two Singaporean youths were arrested earlier this year, who were preparing the lone-wolf attack.