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India asks Pak to extradite Dawood

A list of 38 wanted people was handed over to Islamabad during current talks.

india Updated: May 31, 2006 13:04 IST

India has asked Pakistan to extradite Mumbai blasts accused Dawood Ibrahim along with hijackers of Indian Airlines flight to Kandahar in 1999.

The list of 38 wanted people, handed over to Islamabad during the current round of Home Secretary-level talks, also includes Jihadi leader Hafeez Saeed and Masood Azhar.

The list was given by Home Secretary VK Duggal to his Pakistan counterpart Syed Kamal Shah.

Pakistan, while feigning ignorance about Dawood's whereabouts, handed over a list of 58 "criminals", including a "most wanted criminal" called Javed Langra, who they believe is hiding in India.

Duggal and Shah swapped the lists during the first round of talks on Tuesday.

While rejecting allegation of promoting terrorism in India, Islamabad claimed that the country itself was a victim of terrorism for playing the role of a frontline state in the war against terror.

According to the briefing held by Pakistan officials, the Indian list included head of another banned militant outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad, Masood Azhar.

Pakistan has said it would not hand over any of its nationals to India for prosecution, which included Hafeez and Azhar.

The hijackers of the Kandahar flight, which was seized to get the release of Azhar and his associate Omar Sheikh were all believed to be Pakistanis.

India identified the hijackers as Mohammad Ibrahim Athar Alvi, Zahoor Ibrahim Mistri, Shahid Akhtar Sayed, Shakir Mohammad and Azhar Yusuf.