“We need to be knowledgeable to face any future challenges considering transnational effects of terrorism. We are living in fast changing environments which are highly complex. Unlike those days, an arrest of a suspect too would end up as a violation of fundamental rights and you would have to end up in courts,” the army media unit quoted Major General Milinda Peiris as telling the military and the police.
“Modern day threats are also complex. Production of a biological weapon at a small laboratory could be done faster than making a weapon. We got to think big and be prepared for any eventuality through our own tailor-made initiatives. We can have our own preventive and deterrent solutions without going only by theoretical aspects alone. Therefore, education is the most important experience that an officer could get,” he said at a seminar on approaches to countering terrorism in modern environments.
The seminar was designed to broaden the horizons of military knowledge in terrorism and its impacts among top level and middle grade officers of the army, navy, air force and the police.
Major General Milinda Peiris who presented an overall picture of emerging terrorist trends at global level and the need for modernized approaches with novel counter-measures of respective authorities warned that the Army needed to be alert to the sensitivities connected to possible re-assembling or resurgence of the LTTE rump and overseas activists who would still be promoting the LTTE’s ideological perception while working against Sri Lanka’s economic and development aspirations.