Pakistan has imposed sanctions on 88 members of various terrorist groups, including 1993 Mumbai blasts mastermind Dawood Ibrahim and and 26/11 conspirator Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, apparently in fear of getting blacklisted by the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

Pakistan’s fresh notification is based on the recently issued list by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) .

However, in a report published by The Times Of India, some of the Indian government sources say Pakistan’s fresh notification, stating Dawood’s White House address in Karachi, is somewhat “appeared to be back-dated”.

These sources claimed that the Indian government has the copies of similar notifications issued by Pakistan in 2015 and 2019, mentioning the same address.

Pakistan’s ministry of foreign affairs called the notification on the UN Taliban and ISIL (Da’esh) and AQ Sanctions list a “routine matter”.

Meanwhile, Islamabad has rejected the claims alleging Dawood’s presence in Pakistan in a statement, saying: “As to Pakistan admitting to the presence of certain listed individuals on its territory, based on the information contained in the SRO, is baseless and misleading”.

Indian officials believe that the fresh notification has no relevance and as for the fact of the matter, Pakistan has accepted that Dawood has a base in Karachi.

“The fresh notification is of little relevance, in the absence of real action against cross-border terrorism, except for the fact they have accepted for the first time Dawood’s base in Karachi,” a source told TOI.