D Files

Photo courtesy: interpol/int
The 56 year old Dawood Ibrahim is the number two man on the world wide list of the most wanted men. India too put out a list and stated very clearly that the man is hiding in Pakistan and is wanted for several offences in India and also other parts of the world.

Ever since the name of Dawood Ibrahim who goes by 23 aliases started making the rounds post Osama Bin Laden, there has been an argument of sorts between India and Pakistan over his whereabouts. Pakistan clearly denies that he lives in their country while India argues that he can be no other place but there.

The intelligence bureau has now prepared a fresh dossier on Dawood Ibrahim and the same has been handed over to the CIA which is also gunning for the man allegedly. IB sources say that the case of Dawood is not all that simple and Pakistan would do everything under the sun to keep him protected since he is the biggest funder for all terrorist activities and if his empire does go down then it is almost curtains for the funds in Pakistan.

Dawood’s exact address as per the Indian dossier is White House, Near Saudi Mosque, Clifton, House No 37, 30th Street, Defence Housing Authority, Karachi, Pakistan. While this address has been mentioned on his dossier, there are various terrorists who have been caught in India and during their interrogation have confirmed the address. They have gone on to tell investigating agencies his house is like a fort and is guarded very heavily by members of the Pakistan army and the ISI.

The Indian Intelligence Bureau says that getting their hands on Dawood Ibrahim will not be an easy task since the ISI will take all precautions to move him out of hiding. When the heat was extremely high on him in the year 2006, the ISI moved him to Wazirstan. Today when the Pakistan government itself claims that he is not there, there is every chance that they are buying time to move him out. The IB says that alerts have been sounded against Dawood and the place to keep a watch is Jeddah. He has a safe haven in Jeddah and is capable of moving there, IB sources also add.

Moreover Dawood is not closely associated only with the ISI, but does have very strong connections in Singapore, Bangkok and also Malaysia. Hence according to the security agencies, it will not be hard for Dawood to find shelter in any of these places.

Currently every move of Dawood Ibrahim is being closely monitored by most agencies in the world and as of now, he continues to be in Pakistan and has not budged, although the Pakistan denies his existence on their soil. However Pakistan will do everything to justify their statement and will for sure move him out of their soil for the time being at least.

The IB says that there is enough and more proof of his existence in Pakistan at the moment. His passport details H 123259 and G-869537 issued in the year 2001 have been issued by the Rawalpindi passport office. There is no further update on his passport details as per the latest dossier which itself is an indication that he is still in Pakistan.

The IB clearly believes that the ISI and the Pakistan establishment will bend over backwards to protect him. He is a utility for them in many ways. He brings in the funds through his drug trade and fake currency racket. He has dedicated routes in Nepal, Bangkok, India, Malaysia, Kenya and also Singapore. These routes are used by the terror groups now to transport arms and ammunition which are later used for terrorist activities.

A source in the Indian wing of the Interpol says that catching Dawood Ibrahim alive is the best possible option since the magnitude of the information he would have on him will be truly astonishing. While he can give out details about the subversive activities that he has carried out with the ISI, the more crucial part would be his strong Indian links which are still very much present. His association with some big wigs in the political scene and also the local links through which he carries out match fixing and also extortions will all be very useful for India, the source also pointed out.

Author: Vicky Nanjappa

just a reporter

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