New Delhi, Jan 18: Two weeks after BJP credited Prime Minister Modi for the seizure of gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s Rs 15,000 crore properties, UAE’s ambassador to India Ahmed Al Banna clarified that he has no information about any raids. Al Banna denied having any knowledge about United Arab Emirates confiscating underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s assets and dismissed the media reports. “I heard about the reports, but with all respect to the media (that reported the story), I have no information about such raids taking place,” said Ahmed Al Banna. The ambassador has also denied specifically targeting Dawood’s properties.Also Read - Nawab Malik Drops 'Hydrogen Bomb' on Devendra Fadnavis: 'Ex-CM Allowed Underworld to Flourish in Mumbai, Protected Fake Currency Racket'
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The Ambassador said the UAE is working to “eliminate” all illegal terror organizations. Al Banna also said that the government will discuss counter terrorism moves at the first India-UAE Strategic Dialogue to be held on January 20 in Delhi which is expected to finalise the Strategic Cooperation Agreement between India and the UAE. The agreement will be signed on January 25 when Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan meets Mr. Modi. Also Read - Nawab Malik's Son Bought Land From Mumbai Blast Convicts, Claims Devendra Fadnavis
“We work very closely with Indian authorities on this, even to minimise the movement of some of the cells and the sleeping cells of [terrorist] organisations,” Ambassador Al Banna said. “Our relationship with India is special, and is not impacted by our relationship with any other country,” Banna said relations with Pakistani military and ISI.
When the reports had surfaced, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) official social media handles had started bragging about their government’s hands-on measures against the Don bearing fruit claiming it to be a “masterstroke of diplomacy”. Following which, a series of tweets had credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tacts with the success. The tweets also said that it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had handed over a list of Dawood’s properties during a visit to the UAE in the year 2015. It claimed that the Prime Minister had also demanded the UAE authorities to act against Dawood. Although the claim from the ruling party was not authorised by the government as per the reports, the BJP’s official Twitter handle has not deleted its post since it was tweeted on January 4.
Dawood has been accused of financing Al-Qaeda and the Lashkar-e-Taiba terror outfits. He is believed to be hiding in Pakistan.