Dawood isn't in Pakistan: envoy rejects Rajnath statement

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: May 11, 2015 18:37 IST

Mob boss Dawood Ibrahim is not in Pakistan, Islamabad's envoy to Delhi said on Monday, hours after the government informed parliament that the most wanted terrorist was in the neighbouring country.

"I can only say Dawood Ibrahim is not in Pakistan. What more I can say?" Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit told reporters in Lucknow.

Basit said Pakistan is conducting the trial of seven men, including Lashkar-e-Taiba commander ZakiurRehman Lakhvi, charged with planning and executing the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks according to the law.

"If you don't trust our judicial system, it won't help. We should let the law take its course," he said.

Earlier in the day, Union home minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament there was credible information that Ibrahim, India's most wanted terrorist, is in Pakistan.

The Indian government had provided "relevant documents" on Ibrahim to Pakistan, which had failed to start the process to track him down, Singh said.

His remarks came days after the government was left red-faced after minister of state for home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary informed Parliament in a written reply that authorities had no information on the whereabouts of Ibrahim.

"We will pursue and pressurise Pakistan in tracking Dawood, India will leave no stone unturned to bring him back," Singh said, clarifying on the government's stand on the issue in the face of an onslaught by the opposition.

"We will get Dawood Ibrahim no matter what...we are sure of that," he said.

Singh said a red corner notice issued by Interpol had been pending against Ibrahim since 1996 and a special notice against him of the UN Security Council was pending since 2006. Pakistan was bound by international obligations to locate and extradite Ibrahim, he said.

Ibrahim has been accused of involvement in the 1993 Mumbai bomb attacks that killed 257 people and injured hundreds more. He has also been sanctioned by the US and UN.

Last December, after reports suggested that a Western intelligence agency had traced Ibrahim to the port city of Karachi by intercepting his phone calls, Singh had said that India had asked Pakistan to hand him over.

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