Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi of the BJP surely startled many viewers in an ABP TV Hindi discussion show “Live Debate” starting at 1800 hours today (Aug 29). In response to a remonstrance by a Pakistani, some Pirzada, that Dawood was not anywhere in his country, Naqvi said “just wait 2 or 3 months” and everybody will see, he said, an occurrence involving the so-called “D-Company” chief that would resemble the action taking out Osama bin Laden by US Special Forces action in Abottabad.
This is the first plain speaking that I know of on the subject of Dawood being eliminated by means of targeted execution. Interested people will, no doubt, wait and see what happens in 3 month timeframe. But such public alerting, while avoidable, will make no difference to the Indian hunters/executioners on Dawood’s trail, even less to the Mumbay criminal kingpin/terrorist ‘coz he has survived to-date principally because he’s well informed (buying off information from any and all sources) and is very mobile to escape offering himself as stationary target. The targeted execution is an option India has always had but has not so far shown the will to carry out against enemies of the Indian state. May be change is in the air and Naqvi was referring to this prospective action by a new dispensation headed by Narendra Modi in Delhi. Just may be India will transition from a soft state to a hard one, where especially rogue elements within the country, and escapees outside the country, will not be spared.