Pakistan can still deny that it is hosting 1993 Mumbai blasts main accused Dawood Ibrahim, say more than half of the people who participated in a HT poll.
The question asked in the poll was: With documentary evidence available with Indian security agencies now showing that 1993 Mumbai blasts main accused Dawood Sheikh Ibrahim is based in Karachi, can Pakistan deny he is in its territory?
Voting till 8.30am on Saturday in an online poll held after Hindustan Times first reported this showed that more than 54% of the respondents believed that Pakistan will continue to deny that it is hosting the global terrorist.
Nearly 42% feel that with this evidence Pakistan can no longer deny that Dawood is in the country. The remaining nearly 4% were undecided.
HT reported that Indian security agencies have documents to prove Dawood, wife Mehjabeen Shaikh, son Moeen Nawaz and daughters Mahrukh, Mehreen and Mazia are based in Pakistan with the syndicate chief currently operating out of upscale Clifton neighborhood of Karachi. The agencies are in possession of an April 2015 telephone bill in the name of his wife Mehjabeen with D-13, Block-4, Karachi Development Authority, Sch-5, Clifton, as the installation address.
Interpol has a red corner notice, or an international arrest warrant, out against Dawood and a host of his associates for their involvement in the 1993 serial blasts that killed more than 257 Indians and injured hundreds more.
Earlier this week, Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit had said in an interview to HT that there was no question of handing over Dawood as he was not in his country.