NSAB expanded with the induction of ex-IB chief Asif Ibrahim and others

NEW DELHI: The National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) is likely to be expanded on Tuesday with the induction of former chief of Intelligence Bureau (IB) Syed Asif Ibrahim, Amar Sinha, former Ambassador to Afghanistan and Tajikistan and former Research and Analysis Wing (R &AW) official Tilak Devesher in the Board.

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According to sources, the new members come with specific expertise. The 1977 batch IPS officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre, 62-year-old Ibrahim last year was appointed as “special envoy for counter-terrorism and extremism,” a role that will be to help the government in evolving strategies to deal with radicalisation of youth specially with growing influence of terror groups like the Islamic State.

Former Ambassador to Russia, PS Raghavan and the present convener of the board, is re-designated as its Chairman.

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The former official of R&AW A B Mathur, Lt General (Retd) S L Narasimhan, Vice Admiral Anil Chopra and Prof Bimal N Patel of the Gujarat National Law University are among other members of the Board.

The first NSAB was set up in 1998 with K Subrahmanyam as its convener.

The NSAB deals with internal and external security, foreign affairs, defence, science and technology, and economic affairs and normally meets at least once a month.

With agency inputs

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