New Delhi: Shortly after CNN-News18 aired a sting video revealing Dawood Ibrahim's residence in Karachi, his aide Chhota Shakeel dared India to catch the terror don.
"Why are you not catching him? This is what you want to hear, right? If that man is who you say it is, then go catch him," Shakeel said over the phone.
Dawood Ibrahim is not stupid. It is not so easy to get him, like you are saying that the guard, some old man or kids know he stays there. This is all nonsense,
he said adding that the underworld don has 300 commandos guarding him.
Shakeel's retort came after CNN-News18 aired a sting video which showed that all people in the Clifton neighbourhood of Karachi knows that Dawood stays in a house there - a fact Pakistan has been denying all these years.
He said there are many people by the name of Dawood Ibrahim in Karachi and that the people caught on tape were not referring to the don.
Since the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts – masterminded by Dawood - Pakistan has been in denial over his presence in Karachi. Despite several evidences by the Indian government, Pakistan has never accepted that the fugitive is staying in Clifton Road.
Reacting to the sting operation, former deputy National Security Advisor (NSA), Leela Ponappa said, "Pakistan has always been in denial mode whether you take the case of Osama Bin Laden as well. Don’t expect that Pakistan will come through even after these footages."
Senior lawyer Ujjwal Nikam said, "CNN-News18 has collected prima facie documentary evidence about Dawood’s presence in Karachi. We all know that Pakistan is going to deny this. Now it’s time the US authority and UNSC should take further action."
"We should put international pressure immediately on Pakistan to take action," he added.
Former Home Secretary RK Singh said, "The government should take video clip from CNN-News18 and post it to Pakistan. They will never accept that Dawood is in Pakistan. India should be prepared for a covert operation in some cases.""Pakistan is a country which refused to accept their own soldiers bodies during Kargil," he added.