India will continue to pursue Pakistan to hand over Dawood Ibrahim, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday. The remarks came after reports that a TV station claimed in a report that it had tracked down the fugitive don.
The facts exposed about Dawood Ibrahim in the sting operation by CNN-News 18 corroborates what we know, the MEA spokesperson said at the weekly media briefing.
“At the several points of time, these details which include the location of Dawood Ibrahim have been shared with Pakistan by the Indian Government. The CNN News exposé are also corroborating the facts we have already with us. We will continue to pursue this matter and request Pakistan to hand over the international terrorist to us,” Swarup said in response to a question.
Indian news channel CNN-NEWS18 had on Wednesday claimed that it had tracked down India’s most wanted criminal Dawood Ibrahim at his karachi home.
“CNN-NEWS18 has secured clinching video evidence of Dawood Ibrahim’s presence in Pakistan, a claim denied by Islamabad for 23 long years,” the news channel said in a statement.
The channel reportedly used two Pakistan men whose “names were withheld for safety reasons” to identify Dawood’s residence in the upscale neighbourhood of Clifton. The address of the don’s bungalow was cited as D-13, Block 4, Clifton in the report.
The location matches with one of the five addresses mentioned by India in the dossier given to Pakistan.
The channel claimed to have checked all five addresses of Dawood mentioned in India’s dossier to Pakistan, “Only one of the addresses in Karachi, D-13, Block 4, Clifton, was in a high-security zone,” it said.
“Starting at Clifton Marquee, a banquet hall named after the affluent Karachi locality where Dawood lives, the CNN-News18 team stopped every 100 metres, asking about Dawood Ibrahim’s house. All those asked pointed to the same address D-13 Block 4 Clifton,” the channel said in the statement.
“They (two Pakistan men) made four rounds separately from different directions and spotted the house of Dawood Ibrahim. During the third round of recce, they checked about Dawood Ibrahim from a streetside stall,” the statement added.
The news channel also claimed to have spoken to police officers in Karachi and the security guard at Dawood’s mansion.