After 10 years of speculations, Pakistan government on Saturday made a shocking revelation admitting that underworld don accused Dawood Ibrahim is in Karachi, Pakistan. The admission by Pakistan has come after years in denial of India’s assertion that it was actively involved in sheltering one of the most wanted fugitives from the Indian justice system.
According to the claims made, Dawood Ibrahim could be having multiple residences in the Pakistani port city apart from being in possession of at least one Pakistani passport. The Pakistan government document lists White House, Karachi as one of Dawood’s three addresses in the city of Karachi, long suspected to be Dawood’s base.
However, in a turn of events, Pakistan on Sunday stepped back on its acknowledgement of Dawood Ibrahim, the accused mastermind behind the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts. In an official statement issued by Pakistan Foreign ministry, Pakistan government refuted back the reports claiming the presence of certain listed individuals on its territory.
Besides Dawood, Lashkar-e-Toiba chief Hafiz Saeed, Lashkar’s operations head and 26/11 accused Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar were also included on the list. “All designated terrorists on the list will have no direct access to funds, be able to enter or transit through Pakistan or be able to procure weapons,” read the statement.