Now, Home Minister Rijiju says Dawood lives in Pakistan

In an apparent u-turn, Home Minister Kiren Rijiju has said underworld don Dawood Ibrahim lives in Pakistan and the Centre would continue to pursue the case very seriously

New Delhi: After the government was left red-faced for 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.

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 groups, 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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