According to them, Dawood can’t seek refuge in any other country.
The government which had received flak from the opposition for the statements issued about Dawood Ibrahim’s whereabouts clarified that it will leave no stone unturned to bring the don to India. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the government will pressurise Pakistan for seeking extradition of Dawood. On the other hand, former Intelligence Bureau special director Rajendra Kumar contradicted government’s claims and said that there is no question of Dawood leaving Pakistan. He said Dawood can’t seek refuge in any other country. Kumar also wanted the government to take steps to bring him back to India.
“Dawood cannot move out of Pakistan. ISI moves Dawood from one place to another in Pakistan. The government can’t openly declare Dawood’s whereabouts. Which country can Dawood go to outside Pakistan? The government must continue to put pressure on Pakistan over Dawood,” said Kumar who tracked Dawood in Pakistan.
Former home secretary GK Pillai also supported Kumar and said that Dawood was in Pakistan. According to him the government is already aware about his two addresses situated in Pakistan. “He keeps moving. He does not stay at one place all the time. His two addresses in Pakistan are known, it was communicated to Pakistan as well,’ he said.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said that the Indian government had provided relevant documents pertaining to Dawood to Pakistan but they are yet to track him.
“Whether we have to pursue Pakistan or pressurise it, we will not rest till Dawood Ibrahim is brought back. We will get Dawood Ibrahim no matter what…we are sure of that,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in Lok Sabha.
Rajnath also added that the stand taken by the government on Dawood is akin to the one taken by the UPA government on May 2013.
India has provided Pakistan the details of his Pakistani passports and reported addresses there from time to time, asking it to locate and hand him over to it.
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 group, vanished from Mumbai between1992-93.
The CBI has alleged that he conspired with the ISI to carry out the serial blasts in Mumbai in which 257 people were killed and property worth Rs 32 crore damaged. According to sources the Pakistan government does not want to hand him to India as he may divulge details of his operations with its intelligence agency ISI.