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ISLAMABAD: Days after including India’s most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim on its new sanctions list, Pakistan on Sunday tried to wriggle out of its admission of his presence in the country by claiming its notifications about the 88 banned terror groups and their leaders were based on details provided by the UN.
Seeking to escape from getting blacklisted by Financial Action Task Force, Pakistan on Friday imposed tough financial sanctions on 88 terror groups and their leaders, including Ibrahim, 26/11 mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed and Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar.
Ibrahim has emerged as India’s most wanted terrorist after the 1993 Mumbai bombings. In 2003, the US declared Ibrahim as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office issued a statement in response to the media reports that Islamabad had admitted in the two new notifications issued on August 18 that Ibrahim was residing in the country. It said that the SROs (Statutory Regulatory Orders) issued reflect the information contained in the list entry of UN designated individuals/entities. It said the reports in certain sections of the media about Pakistan imposing new sanctions measures, through these SROs, were not factual.

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