New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday asked Pakistan to hand over Dawood Ibrahim, saying the Indian government has given enough evidence against the underworld don to Islamabad.
The remarks came after a website released a tape claiming Dawood's presence in the port city of Karachi.
Dawood, India's most wanted terrorist, is the mastermind of the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai that claimed over 250 lives.
In Lucknow, Rajnath today said India has repeatedly asked Pakistan to hand over Dawood to it.
"Wait and watch," Singh said without elaborating, when asked about when India can get hold of him.
The comments came amidst reports that Dawood is running his business empire with impunity and the billions he makes are being spent on terror operations around the globe.
"Dawood has been tracked in Karachi, alive and kicking, and is heard expanding his real estate business," a web-portal claimed based on tapes received from western diplomatic sources, as per PTI.
"This clearly proves that the underworld don is blatantly running his terror supermarket from Pakistan and his real estate interests are helping him generate enough funds to expand his operations," the portal said.
According to a report, a series of never heard before tapes have been accessed giving an insight into the life of Dawood Ibrahim.
The agency which has the underworld don's recorded conversation has traced his location to Karachi's Clifton suburb in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said India's stand has been very clear for a long time that Dawood has been in Pakistan and he has been living in Karachi.
"We have been asking to hand over him to India for a long time. Already many evidence have been given to Pakistan. Pakistan should now act and hand him over to us," he told reporters.
Reacting on the issue, Brigadier (retd) Anil Gupta said Pakistan has failed to proove that it is against terrorism as Dawood is staying in Karachi under the patronage of Pakistani government.
"Pakistan is telling lie after lie. It has been denying earlier also, it is denying now and it is trying to prove to the world that it is against terrorism and fighting it. But, the fact is that Pakistan is a state sponsor of terrorism and the fact that person like Dawood Ibrahim, who is number one and the most wanted terrorist in the world, is staying in Pakistan, in Karachi, under the patronage of Pakistani government. It is a proof beyond doubt that Pakistan is always telling lies," Gupta said.
While Pakistan continues to deny the whereabouts of Dawood, based on months of surveillance mounted on the underworld don Islamabad's lie appears to have been nailed. The tapes have reportedly been procured from western diplomatic sources and it is being established that Dawood is running his business empire around the globe with impunity.
(With agency inputs)