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Hand over Salahuddin, Dawood: India to Pak

india Updated: Jul 21, 2006 18:26 IST
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Not satisfied by Pakistan's offer of cooperation in probe into Mumbai blasts, India on Friday asked Islamabad to hand over Hizbul Mujahedeen chief Syed Salahuddin and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

Emphasising that Pakistan must act on the promises made earlier not to allow the territory under its control for any terrorist activities against India, New Delhi also asked Islamabad to ban Jamaat-ud-Dawa, political outfit of Lashkar-e-Toiba, and arrest its leaders.

Affirming India's commitment to the dialogue process with Islamabad, External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Navtej Sarna, however, said this can "be sustained and yield results only if Pakistan acts against terrorist groups operating from its territory and PoK in accordance with its solemn commitment of January 6, 2004."

"If they (Pakistan) really want to convince the people of India that they are willing to work together with India against terrorism then they have to take some action immediately and they can," Sarna said reacting to Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's comments on Thursday night.

"For example, the self-styled chief of the Hizbul Mujahideen Syed Salahuddin, who is freely roaming in Pakistan and PoK and has appeared on the same stage as many ministers of the Federal government of Pakistan, should be arrested and handed over to India," he said.

"Instead of saying the Jamaat-ul-Dawa outfit is being kept under close watch, the organisation should be banned and its leaders should be arrestd," he said.

"Besides, Dawood Ibrahim, who has been listed by the UN Security Council's 1267 Committee as an individual associated with Al-Qaeda, should be arrested and deported to India," the spokesman said in a strong reaction to comments by Musharraf that his country would cooperate with India in investigations into the Mumbai blasts if New Delhi provides evidence.