New Delhi: On Saturday India asked Pakistan to hand over the country’s most wanted criminal and 1993 Mumbai blasts’ mastermind Dawood Ibrahim, while the Congress said it was time for the Narendra Modi government to “walk the talk” and sought to know what it had done so far.
Dawood Ibrahim. File photo
“He is the most wanted man and India has asked Pakistan to hand him over, you just wait,” Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said.
India had made this demand to Pakistan many times earlier also but Pakistan denied his presence in the country. However, Dawood, who is listed as an international terrorist, has reportedly been caught on tape by a western intelligence agency talking to one of his associates from Pakistan’s Karachi city.
Reacting to the home minister’s statement, Congress leader Manish Tiwari sought to know what the government headed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which had raised the issue frequently while in the opposition, had done about getting Dawood.
“So what is this government doing about it? When they were in the opposition they used to do a lot of chest thumping about how they would explore various means and mechanisms to bring Dawood Ibrahim. If he is indeed in Karachi then this government should walk the talk and bring him to justice,” Tiwari said.
The BJP, however, defended the government, saying it was committed to bringing Dawood back to India.
Dawood, who is currently on the wanted list of Interpol for cheating, criminal conspiracy and organised crime, is reportedly involved in a number of crimes in India, including the planning of the 1993 Mumbai blasts, sport fixing and others.
The US, believing that Dawood maintained close links with al Qaeda and other terrorist organisations, had declared him a “global terrorist” in 2003.