India has on May 10, rebutted the claims of Pakistan interior minister Rehman Malik, who said that India's most wanted criminal Dawood Ibrahim is not staying in Pakistan.
G K Pillai, India's home secretary on May 10 in an interview with a TV Channel retorted saying, "If the minister ( Rehman Malik) is so sure that Dawood is not in Pakistan, he should tell us where is he.... According to our information, Dawood is in Pakistan."
Earlier, Rehman Malik laughed off the issue of Dawood's daughter's marriage to former Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad and said, "I think marrying a lady in Pakistan does not give a certificate that Dawood is in Pakistan. But if you have any information, we will be happy to have a look into it. If we get hold of him, naturally we will look into it. But as far as our information is concerned he is not here."
Dawood, who started off as a petty criminal in the slums of Mumbai went on to become a dreaded criminal largely due to timid acts of back-stabbing his master and committing crimes covertly. He was also the mastermind of the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts and has from then on fled India.
An Interpol Red Corner Notice, pending against Dawood since 1993, has a clear mention of his address in Karachi's Clifton area. Indian intelligence agencies suspect that Dawood is living a posh life in a safe haven provided by Pakistani intelligence agency, the ISI.
Analysts say that Pakistan government is in full knowledge of Dawood's whereabouts, but are trying to safeguard him as his interrogation by Indian or international police can reveal Pakistan's sinister policy of harbouring and nurturing dreaded terrorists.