"Uskey baarey mein yehi kehna hai ki woh sahab Pakistan mein nahin hain (The only thing I have to say is that gentleman is not in Pakistan)," Basit said. READ MORE: Former Delhi top cop denies claim Dawood negotiated surrender ALSO READ: US slaps sanctions against Dawood Ibrahim's brother MUST READ: Dawood's brother Iqbal Kaskar held for extortion, assault
He was responding to a question at a "Meet the Press" event organised by UP Press Club here.
Will do everything to bring him to justice: Rajnath
Basit was asked to comment on Singh's statement in Lok Sabha earlier in the day that the 1993 Mumbai blast mastermind was in Pakistan and the government will do everything to bring him to justice.
"Whether we have to pursue Pakistan or pressurise it, we will not rest till Dawood Ibrahim is brought back," the Home Minister said in Lok Sabha and averred that India has maintained pressure on Pakistan at all levels over the issue.
Pakistan failed to track Dawood despite info: India
He alleged that Pakistan has "failed" to track him down despite being provided with "overwhelming evidence" about his presence there, based on "credible information".
Singh's assertion came amid Opposition attack over a Home Ministry's reply to a question in Lok Sabha last week that it was not aware about the gangster's location.
India has provided Pakistan the details of his Pakistani passports and reported addresses there from time to time, asking it to locate and hand him over to it.
Red-corner notice by Interpol
Noting that a red-corner notice issued by Interpol was pending against Dawood since 1996 and a UN Security Council's special notice against him was also pending since 2006, the Home Minister said Pakistan was bound by international obligations to locate and extradite him.
Dawood, who has been listed as Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the United States for his alleged links with al Qaeda terror group, vanished from Mumbai between 1992-93.
Conspiracy with ISI
The CBI has alleged that he conspired with the ISI to carry out the serial blasts in Mumbai in which 257 people were killed and property worth Rs 32 crore damaged.
Pakistan providing shelter to Dawood: Rajnath Singh
Blaming Pakistan for sponsoring terrorism in India, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had said the neighbouring country is providing shelter to Dawood Ibrahim and the mob boss is currently staying along the Pak-Afghan border.
"When the Pakistan Premier came to India, our Prime Minister told him to hand over Dawood. We are pursuing it. We are trying to build diplomatic pressure... As he is the most wanted criminal... Right now he is along (Pakistan-) Afghanistan border," he said.
India, US working on choking support to D-Company
India and the US are working further on their declaration on how to choke all financial and tactical support to underworld don and terror mastermind Dawood Ibrahim's D-Company.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, who stayed back in the US from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's delegation, was tasked to discuss with his American counterpart and other senior Obama Administration officials a strategy to be adopted to implement the Indo-US commitment.
A joint statement, issued after the talks between Modi and US President Barack Obama, said, "The leaders stressed the need for joint and concerted efforts, including the dismantling of safe havens for terrorist and criminal networks, to disrupt all financial and tactical support for networks such as Al Qaeda, Lashkar-e Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, the D-Company, and the Haqqanis."
"Uskey baarey mein yehi kehna hai ki woh sahab Pakistan mein nahin hain (The only thing I have to say is that gentleman is not in Pakistan)," Basit said.
READ MORE: Former Delhi top cop denies claim Dawood negotiated surrender
ALSO READ: US slaps sanctions against Dawood Ibrahim's brother
MUST READ: Dawood's brother Iqbal Kaskar held for extortion, assault