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Pak retracts Dawood remark, India wants justice

Islamabad's pointman for Track-II dialogue with India, Shahryar Khan, has made a U-turn on his remarks acknowledging the presence in Pakistan of one of India's most wanted terrorists Dawood Ibrahim.

world Updated: Aug 11, 2013 16:43 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times

Just a few hours after prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s special envoy Shahryar Khan admitted that one of India’s most wanted terrorists Dawood Ibrahim was in Pakistan, he retracted his statements.

“I have never, never, when I was in the Foreign Ministry or now... (I) do not know where Dawood Ibrahim lives. I am only reflecting what the press has been saying about the gentleman,” Khan told the media.

Khan had created a media flutter on Friday by saying, “Dawood was in Pakistan but I believe he was chased out of Pakistan. If he is in Pakistan, he should be hounded and arrested. We cannot allow such gangsters to operate from the country.”

Meanwhile, India on Saturday said the 1993 Mumbai bomb blast dossier has “never” been closed and it won’t rest till those responsible for the heinous attacks were brought to justice.

“We too have seen the reports which have been attributed to an official of the Pakistan government. The 1993 Mumbai bomb blast dossier has never been closed by us. Therefore, now that we have received more information about it, we will not rest till those responsible for the 1993 attack in Mumbai are brought to justice wherever they are. We will continue to pursue this,” the external affairs ministry spokesperson said.

Dawood is wanted for coordinating the 1993 bombings through Tiger Memon which left more than 250 people dead.

READ: Dawood was in Pakistan, but has been 'chased out': Pak special envoy

Pakistan’s concern over violence in J&K
Pakistan on Saturday expressed concern over the communal violence in J&K and the house arrest of Hurriyat leaders, said Manzoor Ali Memon, spokesperson of Pakistan High Commission.

Pakistan has also expressed concerns over the “organised demonstrations” outside its High Commission when Friday prayers were on. “We have also expressed concern over the mobbing of Lahour-bound bus”, Memon said.

Pakistan had earlier sought greater security for its High Commission in New Delhi.

READ: Dawood still in Pakistan, cops certain
READ: 1993 Mumbai blast case dossier never closed: India
READ: India will pursue Dawood no matter where he is: MEA official

WATCH: Why was Dawood chased out of Pak and not arrested: Congress (Part 1)

WATCH: Why was Dawood chased out of Pak and not arrested: Congress (Part 2)

First Published: Aug 10, 2013 19:35 IST