Dawood Ibrahim was here but we chased him out, may be in UAE now: Shahryar Khan

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Pakistan has for the first time admitted to the presence of India's most wanted terrorist, Dawood Ibrahim, on its soil, but has said that he has now 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 Shahryar Khan, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's special envoy for improving relations with India.

Dawood has been chased out of Pakistan: Shahryar Khan

The former diplomat stressed that if Dawood had been in Pakistan, 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.

"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," Khan said.

The former foreign secretary reiterated the Sharif government's commitment to talk to the moderate Taliban.

"Pakistan has been in favour of discussions with the Taliban of the more moderate ilk. But... there are those operating in Pakistan who are not moderate. However, Pakistan remains inclined to talk to the reasonable ones," he said. PTI

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