Pakistan not a haven for Dawood: Basit


Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday refuted India’s claims on the whereabouts of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit said Dawood is not in the country. “I can only say, he’s not in Pakistan. Pakistan is going through a tough phase. We have decided to wipe terrorism from the country,” Basit said.

This comes after Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday morning made a statement in Lok Sabha that Indian intelligence agencies have credible information that Dawood is in Pakistan. “Whether we have to pursue Pakistan or pressurise it, we will not rest till Dawood Ibrahim is brought back,” Singh said.

On May 5, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary had informed Parliament that Dawood’s whereabouts were unknown and also said that an extradition process could only be initiated after he was located.

Contradicting Chaudhary’s statement, Singh said, “India has credible information about his presence in Pakistan. Despite overwhelming documentary and other evidence handed over to Pakistan, Pakistan has failed to locate Dawood Ibrahim and initiate legal process.”