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Pak takes a dig on India over Dawood

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Pak takes a dig on India over Dawood

Published on May 08, 2015 with No Comments

The Indian government was left red-faced after admitting to having no information on Dawood’s whereabouts as it had, for long, taken a stand that the underworld don was in Pakistan. India, in the past, has also handed over several dossiers to Pakistan with details of his whereabouts and addresses.
Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary, while replying to a question in Parliament had said: “The subject (Dawood) has not been located so far. His extradition process would be inititated once he is located.”
Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit, in his first interview on Indian television since becoming the high commissioner, took a dig at India that Pakistan’s claim of Dawood not being there has been vindicated. Basit said Chaudhary’s statement also raised critical and disturbing questions about the veracity of India’s dossiers, which he described as ‘self-serving’. “To the best of my knowledge, India has never requested in writing, the extradition of Dawood Ibrahim,” Basit said.

Initially, senior officials in the home ministry seemed unperturbed and said a similar reply was given to a question on Dawood’s extradition on May 7, 2013.
Hours later, Home Secretary L.C. Goyal sought details of the past dossiers.
The dossier, which was sent to Pakistan in 2012 had specific addresses and details of three Pakistani passports held by the underworld don. The addresses mentioned were Moin Palace, 2nd Floor, Opposite Abdullah Shah Ghazi Durgah, Clifton, Karachi, Pakistan; 6/A, Khyaban Tanzeem, Phase V, Defence Housing Area, Karachi, Pakistan and Margalla Road, P-6/2, Street No. 22, House No. 29, Islamabad.
The Pakistan High Commissioner also said there had been no improvement in the prospects of dialogue between India and Pakistan since August.
In August 2014, India had called off foreign secretary-level talks after the Pakistani diplomat had a dialogue with Kashmiri separatists.


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