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Even if Dawood is given, Indo-Pak relations won’t improve: Musharraf

Even if Dawood is given, Indo-Pak relations won’t improve: Musharraf
PTI
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First Published: Sun, Mar 08 2009. 01 55 PM IST
Updated: Sun, Mar 08 2009. 01 55 PM IST
New Delhi: “Even if he (Dawood Ibrahim) is handed over, relations (between India and Pakistan) will not improve. I challenge.”
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf stated this at the India Today Conclave here on Saturday night when asked whether Pakistan could hand over Dawood as a confidence building measure.
When suggested that it may be given a try, the retired General said “if we fail, you will hand him over back to us.”
Musharraf, while interacting at the conclave, earlier claimed that he did not “know at all if he (Dawood) is in Pakistan”.
He made the claim, which was received with disbelief by the audience, even while underlining that India and Pakistan must not harbour each other’s terrorists.
Asked if he planned to join politics and help Pakistan which is in bad state, he said he had no such intention although he was not happy about the state of affairs and would like to contribute in whatever way he can to help.
At the same time, he expressed confidence that the political government in Pakistan would be able to steer the country to a better future.
Queried whether Pakistan could see his return to power with the help of army in view of the bad situation in the country, he said he was happy living a retired life.
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First Published: Sun, Mar 08 2009. 01 55 PM IST