/ Pakistan can show seriousness by handing over Dawood, Salahuddin: Sources

Hindustan Times : Mar 16, 2019, 06:12 PM

Pakistan can demonstrate its seriousness about cracking down on terror by handing over proscribed Indian nationals based on its soil, such as Dawood Ibrahim and Syed Salahuddin, as all actions taken so far by Islamabad have been cosmetic, people familiar with developments. It is still not clear exactly who has been placed in preventive detention by Pakistan in the face of global pressure.

Pakistan can demonstrate its seriousness about cracking down on terror by handing over proscribed Indian nationals based on its soil, such as Dawood Ibrahim and Syed Salahuddin, as all actions taken so far by Islamabad have been cosmetic, people familiar with developments said on Saturday.

At the same time, India is prepared for the long haul on the issue of listing Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar with UN’s Islamic State and al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee despite being disappointed with the hold placed by China on the latest effort by France, the US and Britain to sanction him, the people said.

It is still not clear exactly who has been placed in preventive detention by Pakistan in the face of global pressure following the Pulwama suicide bombing of February that was claimed by JeM, and Islamabad could show seriousness in its actions by handing over Indians wanted for terrorism and major crimes based on its soil, including mob boss Dawood Ibrahim and Hizbul Mujahideen chief Salahuddin, they added.

Indian officials say Ibrahim, designated a global terrorist by the US and the UN and wanted for the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people, lives in the Pakistani port city of Karachi. Salahuddin, also a designated global terrorist, operates from bases in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Rawalpindi.

The people further said Pakistan can work with third countries for international verification of terrorist camps on Pakistani soil, whose precise coordinates have been shared by India.