Masterminds of 1993 Mumbai blasts hiding in Pakistan safe havens: Sush

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    Yet we will do nothing about it and keep sending dossiers from time to time.


    NEW DELHI: India on Monday pointed out how 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts mastermind and UN-designated 'global' terrorist Dawood Ibrahim took shelter in Pakistan despite a pending Red Corner Notice (RCN) and "credible evidence" against him. Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde raised the issue during the inaugural session of the Interpol General Assembly at Rome, Italy on Monday.

    Incidentally, India raised the pitch against Dawood a day after BJP chief Nitin Gadkari compared the intelligence quotients (IQs) of Swami Vivekanand and the underworld don --- the remark which has created lot of controversy.

    Flagging the issue where terrorists get support from countries in getting 'finance' for terror acts and 'shelters' after committing the crime, New Delhi also pitched for taking action against "States, which sponsor, support or provide safe haven to terrorists".

    Though New Delhi did not directly name Islamabad for hiding Dawood, it clearly pointed fingers at the neighbouring country for not honouring the Red Notice against the dreaded fugitive and asked the Interpol member countries to think about taking effective measures to counter terrorism in such a situation.

    Addressing the General Assembly, home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said, "I am constrained to point out that in spite of regular dialogue and credible evidence, the masterminds of one of the most heinous act of terror ofthe last century i.e. 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts in which 257 people died and 713 were injured, are still sitting in safe
    heavens and yet to be brought to book".

    He said, "Their presence in a neighboring country is well known and Interpol red notices against them, who are Indian nationals, are pending since 1993".

    The home minister also pitched for action against the countries which have been supporting or providing safe haven to terrorists.

    Stating that the fight against terrorism had to be long term, comprehensive and sustained efforts, Shinde said, "Strengthening of international cooperation is vital to ensure that action is not restricted simply to the perpetrators but also encompassed states, which sponsor, support or provide safe haven to terrorists".

    India alone has 138 pending Red Notices of terrorists (including the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and many other Pakistani terrorists) who are absconding and are likely to be in some foreign state. In all, India has 670 Interpol Notices of various kinds pending of which 577 are Red Notices.

    Shinde said, "At the same time, let me remind you that unless the international cooperation leads to visible results our objectives may remain unachieved".

    The home minister noted that be it the Mumbai bomb blasts of 1993, the 26/11 attack in Mumbai or the 9/11 attacks in US, the "inter- state nature of planning involved in all of them underscores the need for increased cooperation and coordination amongst intelligence and investigative agencies".

    He said, "It is indeed very heartening to note that a lot of progress has been made in this regard but a lot more can be done and needs to be done. It is here that I feel the International Criminal Police Organisation has to play a pivotal role".

    Masterminds of 1993 Mumbai blasts hiding in Pakistan safe havens: Sushilkumar Shinde - The Times of India

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