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Saturday, 16 January 2021 5.32 PM IST

Pakistan now denies presence of Dawood in Karachi


ISLAMABAD: Soon after issuing a list bearing the name of Dawood Ibrahim as a designated terrorist along with his address in Karachi and details of his passports, Pakistan later denied his presence on its soil. It said there is no admission that Dawood Ibrahim is in Pakistan.

Pakistan had issued a list of UN-designated terrorists and entities who will be subject to "assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo" as per the United Nations Security Council resolution that Islamabad has to adhere to.

In a notification, Pakistan said, "As of August 18, 2020, the ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee has approved the entries specified below to its list of individuals and entities subject to assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo set out in paragraph 1 of the Security Council resolution 2368 (2018) adopted under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations."

Of all the names in the list, Dawood Ibrahim, one of India's most-wanted men, has been mentioned with his addresses in Karachi.

With an admission of Dawood's presence, yet again with no explanation of his operations in Pakistan, Islamabad is left wanting.

The August 18 notification lists all UN-designated terrorists and terror groups. Of the 259 terrorists, the documents names -- Dawood Ibrahim, Hafiz Saeed, Maulana Masood Azhar, Mullah Fazarullah, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Noor Wali Mehsud (TTP), Fazal Rahim (Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan) Taliban, Jalaluddin Haqqani, Khalil Ahmed Haqqani, Yahya Haqqani and Sarajuddin Haqqani. Overall, a total of 89 entities/organisations have been listed in it.

The issuance of this list bearing Dawood Ibrahim's name, along with others, comes ahead of the Financial Action Task Force's (FATF) review of Pakistan's compliance in fighting terror and money laundering.

Pakistan hopes to show this list as part of its commitment against terrorism and impress FATF so that it does not put it under a 'black list' and can be moved out of the dangerous 'grey list'.

Since June 2018, Pakistan has been on FATF's 'grey list' for "increased monitoring" on countering terror finance and anti-money laundering. A final decision on whether Pakistan should be downgraded to the 'black list' or should it be made a "high-risk jurisdiction" is expected to be taken at the next meeting of the FATF plenary body.

Pakistan needs 15 votes in the 37-member FATF to be off the 'grey list', and needs the support of only four countries to escape being put in the 'black list'. Sources say Pakistan has the support of Turkey, Malaysia, China and Hong Kong.

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