Pak High Commissioner: Dawood Ibrahim is not in Pakistan, does India know where he is?
An HTreport has cited fresh evidence to prove India’s claim that Ibrahim is in Pakistan, leading to outrage over accusations of the latter country providing shelter to the top terror accused.
Despite a recent newspaper report quoting evidence that Dawood Ibrahim is very much in Pakistan, Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit, speaking in Bengaluru, said his country is not hiding Ibrahim.
"He is not in Pakistan. Even your government is not sure about his whereabouts," he said during an interaction at an event organised by think tank Bangalore International Centre and Takshashila Institution here. "Do share information on Dawood if you have any," he said.
Contrast this with what Firspost published in August this year:
Dawood Ibrahim, the prime accused in the 1993 bomb blasts and wanted in other crimes, has long been on top of the list of India’s most wanted criminals. But despite India's claims that the gangster was being housed in Pakistan, the neighbouring country has always denied it and cited lack of evidence. That might now change. A Hindustan Times report has cited fresh evidence to prove that the gangster is in Pakistan.
A telephone bill and a passport form the documentary evidence which indicate that Ibrahim and his family are in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi, the report said.
Indian security agencies are said to be in possession of a telephone bill issued in the name of Mehjabeen Shaikh, Dawood’s wife. The bill mentions D-13, Block 4, Karachi Development Authority, Sch 5, Clifton, as the address, and is issued by the Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited.
The passport has a recent image of Dawood, which shows him now to be clean shaven and with a receding hairline. He is said to be 59 years old now.
The HT report says that if the meeting between the two countries’ National Security Advisors takes place as scheduled on Monday, India is likely to confront Pakistan with this evidence.
However, there are doubts over whether that will happen given reports that the NSA-level talks may not take place after Pakistan said that it wished to speak with Hurriyat leaders ahead of the talks. India has advised Pakistan not to allow its officials to meet separatist leaders in Kashmir as it would “not be in keeping with the spirit” of the understanding reached after the talks in Ufa.
While 1993 blasts convict Yakub Memon was executed last month by India, sections of people opposed to his hanging had pointed out that Dawood Ibrahim, one of the alleged masterminds of the attack, continued to be out of reach of Indian authorities.
A controversy broke out in May this year after minister of state for home Haribhai Chaudhary had said in the Lok Sabha that Dawood’s location was not known. However, the government later clarified that although his exact address was not known, authorities knew that he was in Pakistan.
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