Imran Khan owns up Dawood Ibrahim, Hafiz Saeed, but calls them 'inheritance'

First Published 29, Nov 2018, 6:58 PM IST
Imran Khan Dawood Ibrahim Hafiz Saeed Pakistan Prime Minister
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When asked about Dawood Ibrahim and Hafiz Saeed, he said that it was not right to live in the past. Khan pointed a finger at India, saying that even Pakistan has “a list of wanted in India” and that "these are the issues we have inherited"

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan told media persons in Islamabad on Thursday that he could not be held responsible for the past. He said it was not in his country’s interest to allow its territory to be used for terrorism. 

When asked about Dawood Ibrahim and Hafiz Saeed, he said that it was not right to live in the past. Khan pointed a finger at India, saying that even Pakistan has “a list of wanted in India” and that "these are the issues we have inherited".

He also said that there is already a legal case against Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan.
 
When asked if he is willing to take any action against against Saeed or gangster Ibrahim, khan said action can be one-sided "only up to a point".

Khan said that Pakistan was willing to mend ties with India. He said that Pakistan’s ruling party, other political parties and armed forces all wanted a civilised relationship with India. 

Currently, the decision of building the Kartarpur Corridor to facilitate pilgrimage of India's Sikhs to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib is seen as an ice breaker between India and Pakistan.

The gurdwara is situated in Pakistan’s Narowal district — a place of historic importance where Guru Nanak spent the last 18 years of his life.

India's external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is but not amused. She has categorically stated that a resumption of dialogue with Pakistan is possible only after the western neighbour shuns its policy of terrorism. Pakistan had invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the 20th SAARC summit to be held in that country after the inauguration of the Kartar Corridor. Swaraj responded to the invitation by saying, "The moment Pakistan stops terrorist activities in India, then dialogue can start but the dialogue is not connected with only the Kartarpur corridor."

With inputs from India Today, NDTV and other media sources 

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