Dawood held in high esteem in Pakistan: Musharraf

acvzvbxvxzbxzbdxbxcbxbx.jpg.crop_display.jpg

Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf has said that although he can't confirm gangster Dawood Ibrahim's presence in Pakistan, the suspected mastermind behind the 1993 Mumbai multiple bombings, is being held in 'high esteem' by many in his country making his extradition 'complicated'.

In an interview to a news channel, Musharraf, who is in exile in London, reiterated he was close to sealing a deal on Sir Creek and Siachen in 2007 and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was planning to visit Islamabad for it. That visit would have changed history, he said. He also stressed that notes were exchanged at the highest level on Kashmir and the two leaders 'were trying to move forward in drafting the deal'.

"They think that he (Dawood) did a very good job... Because Indians killed 3,000 Gujaratis. In Gujarat they killed 3,000 Muslims," Musharraf said when asked about the prospects of the extradition of India's most wanted to India.

"Therefore Dawood Ibrahim reacted. So he is held in high esteem. This is what happens in Pakistan," said Musharraf, who was president of Pakistan for nine long years.

"Yes, it must not be. It must not be, no. I won't agree. I agree with you. It should not be. But things are not as simple. That is what I am trying to say. I think things are very complicated. They are not simple," he replied when asked whether the response to Gujarat riots should have been through bombings and terror.

Musharraf's comments suggest that Ibrahim may be given refuge in Pakistan, which contradicts the assurance he gave to BJP leader L.K. Advani in 2001 in Agra.

"...You would be making a great contribution to the peace process if you handed over to India Dawood Ibrahim," Advani said in a blog recently.

"Mr. Advani, let me tell you emphatically that Dawood Ibrahim is not in Pakistan," Advani quotes Musharraf as saying.

Pakistan has consistently denied that Ibrahim was in that country despite India maintaining that that he continues to live in a palatial house in Karachi.

Post new comment

<form action="/comment/reply/107645" accept-charset="UTF-8" method="post" id="comment-form"> <div><div class="form-item" id="edit-name-wrapper"> <label for="edit-name">Your name: <span class="form-required" title="This field is required.">*</span></label> <input type="text" maxlength="60" name="name" id="edit-name" size="30" value="Reader" class="form-text required" /> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-mail-wrapper"> <label for="edit-mail">E-Mail Address: <span class="form-required" title="This field is required.">*</span></label> <input type="text" maxlength="64" name="mail" id="edit-mail" size="30" value="" class="form-text required" /> <div class="description">The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.</div> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-comment-wrapper"> <label for="edit-comment">Comment: <span class="form-required" title="This field is required.">*</span></label> <textarea cols="60" rows="15" name="comment" id="edit-comment" class="form-textarea resizable required"></textarea> </div> <fieldset class=" collapsible collapsed"><legend>Input format</legend><div class="form-item" id="edit-format-1-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-format-1"><input type="radio" id="edit-format-1" name="format" value="1" class="form-radio" /> Filtered HTML</label> <div class="description"><ul class="tips"><li>Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.</li><li>Allowed HTML tags: &lt;a&gt; &lt;em&gt; &lt;strong&gt; &lt;cite&gt; &lt;code&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;ol&gt; &lt;li&gt; &lt;dl&gt; &lt;dt&gt; &lt;dd&gt;</li><li>Lines and paragraphs break automatically.</li></ul></div> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-format-2-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-format-2"><input type="radio" id="edit-format-2" name="format" value="2" checked="checked" class="form-radio" /> Full HTML</label> <div class="description"><ul class="tips"><li>Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.</li><li>Lines and paragraphs break automatically.</li></ul></div> </div> </fieldset> <input type="hidden" name="form_build_id" id="form-c22925e604c4552a4ac4dbd0219f1079" value="form-c22925e604c4552a4ac4dbd0219f1079" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_id" id="edit-comment-form" value="comment_form" /> <fieldset class="captcha"><legend>CAPTCHA</legend><div class="description">This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.</div><input type="hidden" name="captcha_sid" id="edit-captcha-sid" value="64449599" /> <input type="hidden" name="captcha_response" id="edit-captcha-response" value="NLPCaptcha" /> <div class="form-item"> <div id="nlpcaptcha_ajax_api_container"><script type="text/javascript"> var NLPOptions = {key:'c4823cf77a2526b0fba265e2af75c1b5'};</script><script type="text/javascript" src="http://call.nlpcaptcha.in/js/captcha.js" ></script></div> </div> </fieldset> <span class="btn-left"><span class="btn-right"><input type="submit" name="op" id="edit-submit" value="Save" class="form-submit" /></span></span> </div></form>

No Articles Found

No Articles Found

No Articles Found

I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.