Senior Pakistan official admits to presence of Dawood Ibrahim, then does a U-turn

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Senior Pakistan official admits to presence of Dawood Ibrahim, then does a U-turn

Senior Pakistan official admits to presence of Dawood Ibrahim, then does a U-turn

admin   ¦    Aug 10, 2013 09:43:00 AM (IST)

Senior Pakistan official admits to presence of Dawood Ibrahim, then does a U-turn-1London: For the first time, Pakistan has admitted to the presence of one of Indias most wanted terrorists Dawood Ibrahim but said he has been "chased out" and could be in the "UAE".

"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," said Shahryar Khan, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's special envoy for improving relations with India.

The former diplomat stressed that if the gangster was in the country he would have been arrested by now.

He was speaking to reporters at a pre-launch event organised by the Indian Journalists' Association for his latest book "Cricket Cauldron: The Turbulent Politics of Sport in Pakistan" here.

"I think he is in the UAE. The Nawaz Sharif government is very much in favour of taking action against criminals who not only affect Pakistan but also any other countries, whether it is India or Afghanistan or wherever. We cannot allow criminals to flourish in the country. If they come to us, we will take action. That is why I think he has left Pakistan," Khan added.

Dawood has reportedly been living in Karachi, under ostensible Pak protection, since the late 90s.