Slamming Pakistan for its 'cosmetic efforts' to tackle terrorism in their country, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Thursday said that the fact that Pakistan has not acted upon Dawood Ibrahim shows that it is not serious about tackling terror, in the weekly MEA press conference.
"The issue of Dawood Ibrahim's presence in Pakistan is known, and Pakistan's denial about it shows that it is not serious about tackling terror in its soil. I am not aware if this has been communicated through FATF," he said.
Talking about the cases filed by Pakistan government against Hafiz Saeed for terror funding, he said that while India has repeatedly asked Pakistan to hand over Saeed to face trial for the Mumbai blasts, Pakistan has ignored these demands hoodwinking the international community with its 'cosmetic steps'.
"We have repeatedly asked Pakistan to hand over Hafiz Saeed as his imprint in the Mumbai blast is evident. We know he is there and many media agencies have also been able to contact him. While Pakistan claims to the international community that they have taken steps to counter terrorism, they ignore the people we have demanded by going to denial mode by denying their presence in their country. On the other hand, they try to hoodwink the international community with cosmetic steps of tackling terror," Kumar added.
Earlier in the day, the Centre responded to Pakistan's crackdown on Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Hafiz Saeed. Pakistan had booked the 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind and his 12 accomplices for "terrorism financing" in 23 cases, amidst growing international pressure on Islamabad to act against militant groups.
Calling out the country's sham, the Centre said that it has seen such moves from the neighbouring country before, say sources. The sources added that the Centre has said that Pakistan's action against terror must be irreversible and verifiable.
The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab province which booked Saeed and his JeM accomplices, accused them of 'promoting terrorism and raising funds to facilitate terror activities.'
The action came ahead of the crucial financial bailout meeting between Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund in Washington on Wednesday. The executive board of IMF is expected to decide the fate of the proposed USD six billion bailout package to Pakistan on Wednesday.