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Dawood’s location is not a secret, India tells Pakistan

He accused Pakistan of going into the denial mode whenever New Delhi demanded that terrorists wanted by India be handed over to it.

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

India on Thursday dismissed Pakistan’s claim that fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim was not in the neighbouring country and charged Islamabad with adopting ‘double standards’ in the fight against terrorism.

“The location of Dawood Ibrahim is not a secret. Time and again, we have been presenting to Pakistan a list of people (wanted in India) who are in their country. We’ve asked repeatedly that he should be handed over to us. His imprint on the Mumbai blasts is very clear for all of us to see,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a media briefing here when asked for his comment to the Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesperson’s statement that Dawood was not in Pakistan.  

The spokesperson pointed out that Dawood was a UN-proscribed terrorist. He had also spoken to several media personnel from Pakistan from time to time.

He accused Pakistan of going into the denial mode whenever New Delhi demanded that terrorists wanted by India be handed over to it. At the same time, Pakistan was trying to hoodwink the international community with claims that it was taking action against terrorism. However, Islamabad stood ‘completely exposed’ today, he added.

On reports that Pakistan has booked JuD chief and Mumbai terror attack mastermind chief Hafiz Saeed on charges of terror financing, the spokesperson said: ‘’let’s not get fooled by these cosmetic steps…we have seen such measures being taken in the past too.’’

The spokesperson said Pakistan’s sincerity would be judged by ‘verifiable, credible and irreversible’ steps it would take against terrorism. India, he said, wanted a normal relationship with Pakistan free of terror.

On the Kartarpur Saheb Corridor, the spokesperson confirmed that officials from the two countries would hold their second meeting on 14 July. There were differences over certain issues relating to the corridor which would be taken up during the meeting. India, he said, was committed to the operationalisation of the corridor, keeping in mind the sentiments of the Sikh community.