Qatar seeks Indian assistance for 2022 WC security programme

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NEW DELHI: Indian security officials, including Indian Police Service (IPS) officers, are being sought for security assistance for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. 

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will compile a list of 20 Indian Police Service (IPS) officers for the first security seminar in Qatar’s capital, Doha, in March this year, Indian Express reports.

Maharashtra government and the National Security Guard (NSG) have been asked to nominate SP and DIG rank officials, who participated in the counter-terror operations during the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. 

Similarly, Delhi, Rajasthan and Gujarat governments have been asked to name officers who were in charge of security during the IPL matches, the daily further reports. Officers involved with the security of FIFA under-17 World Cup in India last year, the Indian Super League (Football), and National Games set to be held in Uttarakhand this year, are also being assessed.

“States and UTs (union territories) have been told to nominate officers after we received communication from Doha and FIFA. The event will be a good exposure for our officers, and our forces can benefit from their experience in the near future,” a senior government official was quoted as saying. “It is desirable to sponsor such officers who have expertise in more than one field and the nominated officer should be in excellent health and fit to travel,” the Home Ministry reportedly told States and UTs in a recent communication.

The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has been asked for officers who have worked in the area of “international engagement and cooperation”. The officers should have a “very good knowledge of English” and have no charges of taint or corruption, the MHA said.

FIFA World Cup 2022, the 28-day tournament will kick off on Monday, November 21 while the final is scheduled for Sunday, December 18 - Qatar’s national day.