Rijiju says Dawood lives in Pakistan

Rijiju says Dawood lives in Pakistan

Rijiju says Dawood lives in Pakistan

After the government was left red- faced over its contradictory reply in Parliament on the whereabouts of Dawood Ibrahim, junior 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 questions.

"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.

Earlier, replying to a written question of BJP MP Nityanand Rai in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said, "The subject has not been located so far. Extradition process with regard to Dawood Ibrahim would be initiated once the subject is located."

Interestingly, the government has been maintaining for a long time that Dawood is living in Pakistan with the patronage of Pakistani security establishment.

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 as Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the United States for his alleged links with al Qaeda terror group, 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.

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