India asks Pak to deport Salahuddin, Dawood
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New Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI) Unimpressed by President Pervez Musharraf's conditional offer to fight terror jointly, India today asked Pakistan to deport Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin and international terrorist Dawood Ibrahim saying sustenance of the dialogue process depends on practical action by Islamabad.

It also asked Islamabad to ban Jamat-ud-Dawa, political organisation of Lashker-e-Toiba terrorist outfit, and arrest its leaders immediately.

India is "disappointed" at Islamabad's "continuing denial of the presence of and failure to take action against jehadi groups threatening and operating against India from Pakistan and PoK," External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna told reporters here.

He was reacting to Musharraf's comments in a televised address last night that his country will cooperate in probe into Mumbai blasts if India provided evidence about Pakistan's link.

"If they (Pakistan) really want to convince the people of India that they are willing to work together with India against terrorism then they have to take some action immediately and they can," Sarna said.

"For example, the self-styled chief of the Hizbul Mujahideen Syed Salahuddin, who is freely roaming in Pakistan and PoK and has appeared on the same stage as many ministers of the Federal government of Pakistan, should be arrested and handed over to India," he said.

Referring to Jamaat-ul-Dawa outfit, Sarna said Pakistan, instead of saying the organisation is being kept under close watch, should ban it and arrest its leaders.

Jamaat-ul-Dawa portrays itself as a social organisation although it is headed by Hafiz Mohammad Sayeed, chief of Lashker-e-Toiba terrorist outfit.

"Besides, Dawood Ibrahim, who has been listed by the UN Security Council's 1267 Committee as an individual associated with Al Qaida, should be arrested and deported to India," the spokesman said in a strong reaction to Musharraf's comments.

Sarna said if Pakistan takes action to implement the "directives" of UN Security Council, "then it will give credibility to its claim that it is willing to fight terror".

The MEA spokesman said Musharraf's claim that 'provide us evidence and we will cooperate' in Mumbai blasts probe gives India "no cause for satisfaction because in the past when we have provided evidence, there has been no practical action on Pakistan's part".

Most recently, on May 31, at the Home Secretary-level talks, India provided "quite substantial evidence" to Pakistan about the presence of terrorist groups and fugitives on its territory, he said.

"Nevertheless, in view of President Musharraf's assurance, we will continue to provide Pakistani authorities all available evidence and we will wait practical action on their part," he said.

During the Home Secretary-level talks, the Indian side provided comprehensive reports of evidence of terrorist networks' involvement in violent attacks in India.

India gave a list of 35 people which included Dawood Ibrahim, Hafez Sayed, Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Masood Azhar as well as Syed Salahuddin, seeking their deportation.

Pakistan has been denying about Dawood's presence on its soil although India has provided his exact location there.

The Indian list also included the hijackers of the Kandahar flight. India identified the hijackers as Mohammad Ibrahim Athar Alvi, Zahoor Ibrahim Mistri, Shahid Akhtar Sayed, Shakir Mohammad and Azhar Yusuf.

Sarna said India was "disappointed" at Pakistan's "continuing denial" of the presence of and failure to take action against "jehadi groups threatening and operating against India from Pakistan and PoK."

With regard to the Mumbai blasts case, he said government was looking into it as also "all implications it has in political and security terms. We are taking considered action step by step."

On the dialogue process, the MEA spokesman emphasised that India remained committed to it. "But this (dialogue process) can be sustained and yield results only if Pakistan acts against terrorist groups operating from territory under its control, in accordance with its solemn commitments," he said.

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