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Pakistan must take credible action against Mumbai blasts mastermind

New Delhi: India on Thursday asked Pakistan to take credible action against Mumbai blasts mastermind Dawood Ibrahim and also ensure the listed individuals are prosecuted.

After acknowledging Dawood Ibrahim’s address in Karachi, Pakistan has stepped back. He was among 88 others who figured in a list, published as a Statutory Regulatory Order (SRO) by Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to escape blacklisting by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

“Pakistan’s assertion that the SRO does not mean that it admits to the presence of listed individuals on its territory or that it would impose any new measures on these listed individuals, lays bare the insincerity of Pakistan in responding to legitimate expectations of the world that they will track down international terrorists based on its soil,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said during virtual weekly press briefing here on Thursday.

Pakistan has not only maintained its opposition to the international consensus but it has also chosen not to act against them, he said.

New Delhi also accused Islamabad of not taking any credible and verifiable action against terror entities or listed individuals, including the most wanted ones.

“This subsequent denial by their Foreign Office calls into question their intentions and it would not mislead the world community in believing its propaganda. Pakistan must take credible action and ensure that the listed individuals are prosecuted,” Srivastava said.

Besides Dawood, Lashkar-e-Toiba chief Hafiz Saeed, Lashkar’s operations head and 26/11 accused Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar were also figured on the list.

All designated terrorists on the list will have no direct access to funds, be able to enter or transit through Pakistan, or be able to procure weapons.

Dawood, who is accused of the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai among other terror attacks in India, has long been on India’s most wanted list, but successive Pakistan governments have denied his presence there.

Savio Rodrigues

Savio Rodrigues Founder & Editor-in-Chief GoaChronicle.com
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