Govt does a U-turn on Dawood Ibrahim’s location
NEW DELHI: After the government was
left red-faced for its contradictory reply in Parliament on the whereabouts of
Dawood Ibrahim, Union minister of state for Home Minister Kiren Rijiju said the
underworld don lives in Pakistan and the Centre would continue to pursue the
case very seriously.
“Government’s consistent stand is
that he (Dawood) is in Pakistan and government of India has been providing
information to Pakistan about his whereabouts and Pakistani agencies are not
cooperating with Indian government. That is well known to everyone,” he told
reporters outside Parliament.
The minister said he could not say
about the clarification to be given by the government in Parliament but
requested everyone not to misconstrue a statement which is based on specific
“So, if necessary, clarifications
will be given but what I want to say is that please don’t question the
intention of the government, the government is very clear and government’s job
is well defined and it is pursuing the case very seriously,” he said.
The name of Dawood, who is wanted in
connection with 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, figures in almost all the dossiers
that have been handed over to Pakistan since the NDA rule in early 2000.
Dawood, who has been listed as
Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the United States for his alleged
links with Al-Qaeda terror groups, vanished from Mumbai between 1992-93 and
settled in a Gulf country.
The CBI has alleged that he conspired
with ISI to carry out serial blasts in Mumbai in which 257 people were killed
and property worth Rs 32 crore damaged.