For the first time, Pakistan has admitted to the presence of one of India’s most wanted terrorists Dawood Ibrahim but said he has been “chased out” and could be in the United Arab Emirates.

“Dawood [Ibrahim] was in Pakistan but I believe he was chased out of Pakistan. If he is in Pakistan, he should be hounded and arrested. We cannot allow such gangsters to operate from the country,” said Shahryar Khan, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s special envoy for improving relations with India.

Mr. Khan said that if the gangster was in the country he would have been arrested by now.

He was speaking to reporters at a pre-launch event organised by the Indian Journalists’ Association for his latest book Cricket Cauldron: The Turbulent Politics of Sport in Pakistan here.

“I think he is in the UAE. The Nawaz Sharif government is very much in favour of taking action against criminals who not only affect Pakistan but also any other countries, whether it is India or Afghanistan or wherever. We cannot allow criminals to flourish in the country. If they come to us, we will take action. That is why I think he [Dawood] has left Pakistan,” Mr. Khan added.