Hand Over Dawood Ibrahim If You Are Serious About Terror, India Tells Pak

18/12/2014 2:33 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST
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India's most wanted man, Dawood Ibrahim, poses for photos in this undated photo at an unknown location. (AP Photo)

NEW DELHI -- India today asked Pakistan to hand over Mumbai terror attack accused Hafiz Saeed and Dawood Ibrahim, who also figure in the country's most wanted list, if the neighbouring country is serious about fighting terrorism.

Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should seize the opportunity in the wake of terror attack on Peshawar school and take bold steps to combat terrorism.

"If Pakistan is serious in fighting terrorism, it should arrest Hafiz Saeed and Dawood Ibrahim and hand them over to India... I hope Nawaz Sharif will seize this opportunity to take bold steps against terrorism," he told reporters outside Parliament.

Saeed is the "chief promoter" of terrorism in the world, Naidu said, calling him "an enemy of humanity".

Shaken by the Taliban terror attack in which 148 people, including 132 school children, were killed, Pakistan pledged to announce a "national plan" to tackle terrorism within a week with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif saying "this entire region" should be cleaned of terrorism.

Sharif and leaders of all other parties set aside their bitter differences and met to discuss the situation.

Afterwards, Sharif said all political parties have decided to draft a national action plan against terrorists and act upon it immediately.

"We announce that there will be no differentiation between 'good' and 'bad' Taliban and have resolved to continue the war against terrorism till the last terrorist is eliminated," he said, adding "the fight against terrorism is our fight and to counter it, a holistic roadmap is needed".

Earlier, Sharif said not only Pakistan and Afghanistan but "indeed this entire region should be cleaned of terrorism."

His statement came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call to Sharif during which he said that India and Pakistan should join hands to comprehensively defeat terrorism.

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