Musharraf hints at Dawood's presence in Karachi, asks why should we help India
Pakistan former President General Pervez Musharraf has asserted that fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, key accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, is in Karachi and has said that Islamabad would never assist India in its search.
While talking to a Pakistani news channel, Musharraf said, "India has been accusing Pakistan for long. Why should we now become good and assist them? I don't know where Dawood, the key accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts is. He must be here, somewhere. India has been killing Muslims and Dawood Ibrahim has been reacting".
For years, Pakistan has consistently denied about Dawood residing there, despite India maintaining that he indeed lives in a palatial house in Karachi.
Earlier on Wednesday, former Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said"Dawood Ibrahim is in Pakistan. That country has given him shelter. That country is also putting hurdles in bringing him back to India to face the law."
Ibrahim is the main accused in the 1993 serial bomb blasts case in Mumbai in which around 260 people were killed, and more than 700 were injured. He fled India post the bombings and is hiding in Pakistan at present.