New Delhi: After the UN confirmation of Dawood Ibrahim’s addresses in Pakistan, the central government said on Friday that it was incumbent upon Islamabad to extradite the global terrorist who has for long been provided sanctuary by Pakistan.
Calling Pakistan the prime perpetrator of terrorism, India said it could only have a result-oriented dialogue with Islamabad aimed at vacation of territory that Pakistan continues to hold illegally in J&K. Besides the fact that Dawood’s Pakistan addresses had been verified, the foreign ministry said some other records had also been added in his listing such as his wife’s name, father’s name and several of his aliases.
“Dawood Ibrahim continues to remain on the designated list as a global terrorist. The 1267 monitoring committee continues to retain his Pakistani passport as a valid document, the UN has also confirmed that he resides in and has properties in Pakistan and the UN continues to keep aregular watch on him,” said MEA spokesman Vikas Swarup, as he expressed hope Pakistan would heed the international opinion on the issue.
The Centre said Pakistan’s support to terror and the distinction it sought to make between good and bad terrorists had posed enormous risk to peace and stability in the region. “And it is important for Pakistan to recognise that reality to not remain in denial on the impact of cross-border terror on bilateral ties. I think the sooner Pakistan recognises the central importance of this fact, the sooner India-Pakistan relations can progress,” said Swarup.
Following up on PM Modi’s comments on Balochistan on I-Day, the ministry said India had a strong human rights record at home and it was naturally concerned about “gross violations of human rights” in Balochistan. Asked if India would raise the issue at an international forum like UNGA, Swarup said how this would be expressed in India’s diplomacy was something one will have to wait and see.