The tall claims, however, have met with a scoff from the D-Company. Dawood's right hand in Pakistan, Chhota Shakeel, has challenged the home minister to try and nab him. He said,"Let him try his best. I will only tell him Lage Raho Munnabhai."
It is believed that Dawood is hiding in the Taliban-ruled Swat valley and Pakistan's ISI is doing everything in their control to hide him. Apart from the ISI, it is understood that the Don has strong backing of a powerful leader from the Sharif brigade.
Interestingly, speculations are rife over FBI's efforts in helping India in tracking down the don. Firstly, the current bitterness that India and America share in the Devyani Khobragade case may influence the latter's judgement in helping India out.
Secondly, there is every possibility that US will avoid the entire issue altogether as there is a strong belief that it has used Dawood in many operations in Pakistan and the Swat Valley.
Back in India, V Balachandran, an ex-senior official of the RAW, expressed his surprise at Shinde's claim. "The FBI is not a world policeman. It would have to take the help of the Interpol, which in turn, will have to seek the assistance of the government of whichever country where Dawood is believed to be hiding," he said (according to a DNA report).
Apart from that, there are several other factors that may influence the nabbing. For example, India's efficiency in handling the consequences of the mission and Pakistan's reaction to it.
Balachandran's one liner explains it all: " The question is not whether we have the capability to carry out a surprise attack on Dawood. It is whether the government is prepared to face the consequences. Pakistan failed to retaliate against the US after the operation in Abbottabad because it dare not take on the Americans. But it will not keep quiet if India carried out any operation within its borders."