India will continue its hunt for gangster Dawood Ibrahim and will not rest till he is brought back to India to face trial in the 1993 bomb blasts in Mumbai, said AK Akbaruddin, joint secretary and spokesperson in the ministry of external affairs. He was here on Saturday to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple with his wife, a day after Eid.
Reacting to reports in the media on one of India's most wanted criminals having fled to the UAE from Pakistan, Akbaruddin told reporters here that India will continue to pursue Dawood, no matter where he is. He made it clear that the dossier on Dawood was very much still open and would never be closed till he is brought back to India to stand trial.
Shahryar Khan, Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif's special envoy, had on Friday stated that Dawood was in Pakistan, but was chased away and that he could be in the UAE.
Without offering any comments on Pakistan's open admission on Dawood's presence in the country, the MEA official said that over the years, India had taken up the matter with Pakistan on a number of occasions. However, unfortunately, Pakistan has never responded positively despite having been submitted all proofs of Dawood's involvement in the Mumbai serial blasts of 1993.