Nawaz gesture? D was in Pakistan, 'chased away'

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London: For the first time, Pakistan has admitted to the presence of one of India’s most wanted terrorists Dawood Ibrahim within its territory, but said he has been “chased out” and could be in the “UAE”.
“Dawood (Ibrahim) was in Pakistan, but I believe he was chased out of Pakistan. If he is in Pakistan, he sho­uld be hounded and arrested. We cannot allow such gangsters to operate from the country,” said Mr Sha­hryar Khan, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s special envoy for improving relations with India.
The former diplomat str­e­s­sed that if the gangster was in the country, he would have been arrested by now. He was speaking to repor­ters at a pre-launch event organised by the Indian Jou­r­nalists’ Association for his latest book Cricket Caul­dron: The Turbulent Politics of Sport in Pakistan here.
“I think he is in the UAE. The Nawaz Sharif government is very much in favour of taking action against criminals who not only aff­ect Pakistan but also any other countries, whether it is India or Afghanistan or wh­erever. We cannot allow criminals to flourish in the country. If they come to us, we will take action. That is why I think he (Dawood) has left Pakistan,” he added.
The former foreign secretary also reiterated his government’s commitment to hold talks with moderate elements of the Taliban.

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