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Pakistan takes U-turn on Dawood’s presence on its soil

New Delhi: Soon after admitting Dawood Ibrahim’s presence in Karachi, Islamabad took a U-turn and said that there is no admission that the said person’s presence in Pakistan.

Earlier, the country had issued a list of UN-designated terrorists and entities who will be subject to “assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo”. The step was in line with United Nations Security Council resolution that Islamabad has to adhere to.

In a notification, Pakistan said, “As of August 18, 2020, the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee has approved the entries specified below to its list of individuals and entities subject to the assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo set out in paragraph 1 of the Security Council resolution 2368 (2018) adopted under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations.” The move came ahead of the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) review of Pakistan’s compliance in fighting terror and money laundering.

Dawood, who is accused of being the mastermind of the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai among other terror attacks in India, has long been on India’s most-wanted list, but Islamabad has never accepted his presence on its soil.

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