New Delhi: Had Pakistan been sincere in tackling terror, it would’ve handed over Dawood Ibrahim, Syed Salahuddin and other terrorists who are Indian citizens and residing in that country, to India, said government sources. (Also read: China Again Blocks India’s Bid to Designate Masood Azhar a Global Terrorist at UN)
They pointed out that Pakistan had not taken any action against the Jaish-e-Mohammed even after the outfit claimed responsibility for last month’s Pulwama terror attack. So to show it was serious about curbing terrorism and addressing India’s concerns, it should hand over Dawood, Salahuddin and other terrorists who are Indians.
The sources also told PTI that India saw any action by Pakistan, such as holding certain terrorists in preventive custody, as cosmetic.
India has been asking Pakistan to hand over Dawood, Salahuddin and several other terrorists who are wanted here in connection with a series of terror attacks. Sources said India has shared various key details such as coordinates of terror groups operating from Pakistan soil to Islamabad which can be verified by a third country.
After the Pulwama terror attack, India has mounted a diplomatic offensive to corner Pakistan internationally on the issue of terrorism. India has been pressing for concrete and verifiable action by Pakistan against terror groups operating from Pakistani soil.
Tension between the two nuclear-armed neighbours escalated after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack and the subsequent aerial strike by India on a training camp of the Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) in Balakot on February 26. Pakistan retaliated the strike next day by unsuccessfully attempting to target Indian military installations. The JeM claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack.