Pak envoy Shahryar Khan does U-turn on Dawood

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Updated: 10 Aug 2013 05:48 AM

London: In a flip-flop, Islamabad's
point man for Track-II dialogue with India, Shahryar Khan, has made a
U-turn on his remarks acknowledging the presence in Pakistan of one of
India's most wanted terrorists Dawood Ibrahim.

Hours after saying
that Ibrahim had been "chased out" of Pakistan and he may be in the UAE,
Khan said he had no idea whether the gangster was in the country.

have never, never, when I was in the Foreign Ministry or now... (I) do not
know where Dawood Ibrahim lives. I am only reflecting what the press has
been saying, the Pakistani press have been saying about the gentleman,"
Khan told the media.

"The Ministry of Interior would have
probably known but the Foreign Ministry does not. I have no idea whether
he is in Pakistan, if he ever has been (there)," he said.

repeated what was written in papers. I do not have any official
information about him,” Khan told ABP News in a telephonic conversation.

Yesterday, Khan had said that Ibrahim had once lived in
Pakistan. This was the first time that a Pakistani official had
acknowledged the mob boss' presence in the country.

"Dawood was
in Pakistan but I believe he was chased out of Pakistan. If he is in
Pakistan, he should be hounded and arrested. We cannot allow such
gangsters to operate from the country," Khan, Prime Minister Nawaz
Sharif's special envoy for Track-II dialogue with India, had said.

had said that if Ibrahim was in Pakistan, he would have been arrested by

Khan made the remarks while talking to reporters at a
pre-launch event organised in London by the Indian Journalists'
Association for his latest book "Cricket Cauldron: The Turbulent Politics
of Sport in Pakistan".

Meanwhile, The Ministry of External
Affairs (MEA) today said information revealed by Shahryar Khan would help
in delivering justice to victims of the 1993 Bombay bomb blasts

you, I too have seen these reports which have been attributed to a senior
official of the Pakistan Government. As you are aware, the 1993 Mumbai
Bomb Blasts dossier has never been closed by us. Therefore, now that we
have received more information about it, we will not rest till those
responsible for the 1993 attacks against our citizens in Mumbai are
brought to justice, wherever they are. We will continue to pursue this
quest,” MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.

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