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Pakistan not to deport Dawood Ibrahim

The statement comes in response to Govt's demand for the extradition of Ibrahim and Hizbul chief Salahuddin.

india Updated: Jul 22, 2006 19:01 IST

Rejecting India's demand for deportation of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, Pakistan claimed there was nothing to warrant pointing finger at it in the Mumbai train blasts.

A strongly-worded statement by Pakistan Foreign Ministry said the fact that after 10 days of the blasts India had little to say other than to mention Ibrahim and Salahuddin "demonstrates that there was nothing to warrant the irresponsible act of finger-pointing at Pakistan immediately after the Mumbai attack."

The statement came in response to Indian External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Navtej Sarna's demand for deportation of Ibrahim and Salahuddin and a ban on Jamat-ud-Dawa, political wing of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist outfit, a day after Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf offered to help in the probe into the blasts if India gave proof.

The Foreign Ministry statement said India made similar demands and allegations after the attacks on the Parliament and Chattisinghpura massacre of Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Pakistan rejects the rehash of baseless allegations made by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs Spokesman while commenting on the President's offer to help in the Mumbai blasts investigations," it said.

"This has become a routine with India. On earlier occasions, similar Indian accusations were belied by independent enquiries such as in the case of Chattisinghpura incident of March 2000 and the December 2001 attack on Parliament which exposed involvement of elements internal to India," the statement said.