India hits out at Pakistan for its U-turn on Dawood Ibrahim’s presence
In its attempt to escape being blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force, Pakistan had confirmed putting Dawood Ibrahim’s name in the new sanction’s list of terrorists.
India on Thursday slammed Pakistan for taking a U-turn on acknowledging the presence of underworld don and the 1993 Mumbai blast accused Dawood Ibrahim on its soil just a week after putting his name in the new sanction’s list of terrorists.
On August 18, in an attempt to escape being blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force, Pakistan had confirmed putting Dawood Ibrahim’s name in the new sanction’s list of terrorists.
Also, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a Statutory Regulatory Order (SRO) which figured Dawood’s name along with 88 others, including Jamaat-ud-Dawa(JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and Jaish-e-Mohammed(JeM) chief Masood Azhar.
Despite this, Pakistan has asserted that putting Dawood Ibrahim and others in SRO doesn’t mean that it admits to the presence of listed individuals on its territory.
Peeved at this attitude of Pakistan, Ministry of External Affairs’ spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, “It lays bare its (Pakistan) insincerity in responding to legitimate expectations of the world that they (Pakistani authorities) will track down international terrorists based on their soil.”
He expressed his regret that Pakistan has never taken any credible and verifiable action against terror entities or listed individuals, including the most wanted ones.
“Denials by the Pakistan foreign office call into question their intentions and it would not mislead the world community in its propaganda,” Anurag Srivastava said.
The US declared the 1993 Mumbai blasts accused Dawood Ibrahim as Specially Designated Global Terrorist in 2003.