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'We are not sheltering Dawood'

AGRA, JULY 15. The Pakistan Government today clarified that it had not given shelter to underworld don, Dawood Ibrahim, wanted in India in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.

``There is no person by the name of Dawood Ibrahim, whose extradition was demanded by the Home Minister, Mr. L. K. Advani, during his meeting with President Musharraf, living in Pakistan,'' a senior Pakistan official accompanying Gen. Musharraf said.

In fact, Gen. Musharraf also conveyed this to Mr. Advani during the talks, he added.

The official said Dawood had never visited Pakistan. India never sought the extradition of Dawood from Pakistan directly or through international channels, he said.

Quoting the Pakistan Home Secretary, Mr. Tasleem Norani, the official said Pakistan never gave shelter to any such person. Dawood is wanted by India to face trial in many criminal cases.

- UNI

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