Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said that Delhi has begun the paperwork to track down Dawood Ibrahim, India's most wanted underworld don-turned-terrorist who has been hiding in Pakistan, and will do everything possible to bring him back.
Days after a BJP minister brought upon shame on the NDA government by saying they have no information on the whereabouts of Dawood Ibrahim, Singh came out in defence of his government. He said the government has credible information that the most wanted gangster is hiding in Pakistan.
Singh told the Lok Sabha that Pakistan has been approached several times, asking to assist India in finding Dawood, but it has always shirked away from doing so.
"We will pursue and pressurise Pakistan in tracking Dawood, India will leave no stone unturned to bring him back... We will get Dawood Ibrahim, no matter what, we are sure of that," Singh said.
The minister said that Pakistan is now obligated to help India in tracing down Dawood's location as International Criminal Police Organization's (INTERPOL) Red Corner notice against him is pending since 1996.
Dawood is facing several charges, including those for carrying out terror activities in India. In 1993, Mumbai witnessed a series of bomb attacks that were allegedly carried out under his supervision.
Minister of State for Home Haribhai Chaudhary had recently triggered a controversy by making a statement that reflected the government's lack of knowledge on Dawood's hideouts.
However, a day later, another Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju, came in rescue of the government and said the intelligence agencies have ascertained that Dawood is hiding in Karachi and even mobilising in parts of the nation with the help of ISI.