How India outwitted Pakistan into getting Dawood aide Takla

New Delhi: On July 19 2017, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) received a message from the Interpol that the authorities in Dubai had agreed to extradite Farooq Takla, a close aide of Dawood. The CBI was all smiles as it was set to get its man it had been on the lookout for over 20 years.

It is well-known fact that both Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi and his National Security Adviser Ajit Doval had played a crucial role in squeezing the Dawood empire. The visit to Dubai was a turning point and the country which was once a safe hub for Dawood had turned unfriendly due to diplomacy.

While the secret mission by Doval finally led to extradition of Takla wanted in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, the final process was not short of drama. Pakistan wanted to save Takla at any cost and did everything it could to stall the extradition.

Between July and November 2017, the ISI and Dawood tried everything under the sun to stall the extradition. While Dubai had agreed to extradite Takla in July, he was detained by the authorities only in November only once the file was clear.

The extradition should have happened earlier, a CBI official informed. It was delayed as Pakistan tried everything under the sun to stall the process.

Dawood’s henchmen with the help of the ISI produced fake passports and nationality certificates to suggest to the authorities that he was their national. This led to a lot of delay the CBI officer said.

The officer also said that India produced every certificate possible. DNA sampling was also relied upon apart from the entire trail Takla left behind before he fled Mumbai. His conversations with the various co-accused of the blasts and how he helped them flee the country was also submitted as proof.

Pakistan did try to make a very strong point, but eventually failed. Even after November, the process was not moving as one would have expected. It was finally a mission undertaken by Doval which eased the process and ensured that Takla was brought back to India.

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