The government of India has once again asserted that 1993 Mumbai serial blasts mastermind and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim is permanently living in Pakistan. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh lent his view after the latest media reports claiming his permanent resident status citing his new photograph, telephone bill and travel documents of his family. Rajnath Singh, however, kept away from commenting on the new documents published in the national daily on Saturday.
Talking about uncertainty of his spot in Pakistan, the Home Minister told press that “Such people keep changing their location… but he is permanently living in Pakistan”.
Publishing Dawood Ibrahim’s purported new picture, where he is seen without his trademark moustaches and a telephone bill registered in the name of his family member, the newspaper claimed that the Indian intelligence agencies have evidence on the infamous terrorist and his family living in Karachi.
Asked about the picture, Singh refused to comment by saying that that he would not say anything without verifying it, “I don’t want to comment on any news,” he said.
On Dawood allegedly having three passports, the Union Home minister said, “such people often possess a number of passports and I have said this even in Parliament. It can be possible. There is nothing new in it”.
Dawood Ibrahim is wanted in India for the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai in which 257 people were killed and nearly a thousand injured. He is also accused of masterminding other terror attacks and of money laundering and extortion. There is an Interpol red corner notice against Dawood for his role in the 1993 blasts. In 2003, the US designated him as a global terrorist with links to terror groups al Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Dawood Ibrahim is believed to have taken shelter in Pakistan after the Mumbai serial bombings in 1993, of which he is one of the main accused.
Whereas, Pakistan has repeatedly denied that the underworld don has taken refuge in the country.
(With inputs from the PTI)