New Delhi: The establishment in Pakistan has strongly refuted allegations that India’s most wanted man Dawood Ibrahim is still living in Karachi. The denial came a day after New Delhi asked Islamabad to own up to terrorists and fugitives like him and others who are operating on its soil.
As per reports, Pakistan’s Interiors Minister Rehman Mallik said this in an interview to a private news channel. Malik said “there was no in-house complicity in US operation that killed al Qaeda founder Osama bin laden in Abottabad.”
Allaying India’s concerns about Islamabad’s lack of progress in cases related to 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, Mallik assured that Pakistan will soon provide the voice samples of those suspected to be involved in the bloody carnage.
The counter reaction from Pakistan comes a day after Home Minister P Chidambaram said that the fugitive gangster was still residing in the neighbouring country under a blanket cover from its spy agency, ISI.
“I think we must continue to mobilise international opinion against all the terrorist and those who have fled the law and those who are sheltering in Pakistan, both terrorist and fugitives. Pakistan must own up to them…own up who is in Pakistan soil,” Chidambaram said.
We have often asked Pakistan to extradite or transfer Dawood to us. I think we know that Dawood Ibrahim lives in a house in Karachi. I think the broad coordinates of the location are also known. But the Pakistan flatly denies that Dawood Ibrahim is in Pakistan,” he said.
Chidambaram, however, said that as days go by, international pressure will mount on Pakistan to admit who Pakistan is sheltering “wittingly or unwittingly” on their soil.
He said India’s stand on the accused in 26/11 attacks was corroborated by filing of the second chargesheet by the US Government in the same case in an American court.
“We have asked voice samples of some of them. We have included some of the names in the list of persons that I have asked my (Pakistani) counterpart to apprehend and interrogate.”
The buzz surrounding Dawood Ibrahim gained momentum in the wake of reports that he had actually fled Karachi with close aide Chhota Shakeel to Saudi Arabia on the night of May 01, 2011- when Osama bin Laden was killed in a US operation.
Inputs gathered by Indian intelligence agencies suggested that Dawood’s family is still living in Karachi.
Dawood, who is currently on Interpol’s most wanted list for organised crime and counterfeiting, possibly shifted his base from Karachi in the wake of increased US pressure on the Pakistan establishment and allegations from New Delhi that its Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) was shielding wanted terrorists.