Pakistan's Interior Minister criticized India PM hopeful for comments about fugitive
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan dismissed on Tuesday Indian prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's comments about taking India's most wanted Indian fugitive from Pakistan as "provocative" and "highly irresponsible."
Modi had criticized a government media announcement about its hopes to arrest Dawood Ibrahim, who is accused of aiding terror attacks in India. "Can such things be accomplished through media or newspapers? Did the U.S. hold a press conference prior to launching an attack on Osama Bin Laden?" Modi said.
"Such statements reflect the scenario for peace in the region if he [Modi] gets elected as prime minister," said Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan.
Indian authorities claim Pakistan's ISI intelligence agency is protecting Ibrahim in southern city Karachi but Khan said Modi should "decide where Ibrahim is living" before making claims about activities within Pakistan.
Khan said Modi had not learned any lessons from his alleged responsibility in 2002 communal riots in Gujarat, where he is chief minister.
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