The Home Minister of India, P Chidambaram said a couple of days back that he is sure that Dawood Ibrahim is inPakistan. While this any child on the street could tell the more important aspect about Dawood is not the that he is inPakistan, but the fact that he controls an empire directly linked between India-Pakistan and Dubai.
An dossier of the Intelligence Bureau in our possession would go on to suggest that he not only lives in comfort at Pakistan, but continues to run a very lucrative business. Dawood according to the dossier no doubt has a very large crime syndicate under his control, but the worrying fact is that he has also been running a couple of legitimate businesses which the Pakistan government is well aware of. This can happen only with the complete support of the establishment, Intelligence Bureau officials point out.
The business of Dawood has been split up into two-the legitimate and illegitimate one. While the illegitimate businesses comprise counterfieting, piracy, drugs, smuggling or arms etc, the legitimate businesses comprise garment trading, stock exchange dealings, cement and oil interests.
There have been a lot of allegations and counter allegations between India andPakistan regarding Dawood Ibrahim. The dossier on him states clearly that he earns at least 20000 crore per year through his dealings and at least 40 per cent of the same goes into funding terror related activities. This itself goes on to show that he is a golden goose for Pakistanand at any cost they are not prepared to lose him.
Dawood’s address from where he operates is known as the White House, Near Saudi Mosque, Clifton, House No 37, 30th Street, Defence Housing Authority, Karachi, Pakistan. All his operations are out of this address and what makes India’s case worse is that this area is under the control of the Pakistan army. He also owns the following the properties in Karachi- A 239, Block 13C, Gulshan-e-Iqbal 25, Rufi Cottage, Block 13D Gulshan-e-Iqbal Ahmadi Apartments, Gulshan-e-Iqbal Meymar Arcade, Fourth Floor, Gulshan-e-Iqbal C-201 Karachi Development Scheme, Extension 1A Moin Palace, Second Floor, Ghazi Dargah, Clifton Khayaban-e-Samsher.
Dawood’s control over the Indian market is a big cause for concern. He is the one primarily responsible for piracy inIndia and he runs this racket through a business establishment called as Sadaf Trading which itself is worth over a billion dollars. He has interest in Oil in the Gulf nations, cement industries inPakistan, garments and silk inChina, stock exchange inIndia. He has also started exporting a brand of tobacco toRussia under the brand name Fire which is also doing well according to IB reports.
The money that he has been earning through the above mentioned businesses are mostly parked in India with hawala dealers and a large part of the sum is also kept in benami names in various banks in both India and Pakistan. However the money that is earned through counterfieting, narcotics and arms trade is kept in circulation and large chunk is passed on for terror related operations. The ISI insists that this money is also kept in circulation in the other parts of the world and each time he has tried to send money out ofPakistanit has always been through the India Nepal border. According to security experts, it is one thing to seek the extradition of Dawood Ibrahim, but what is more important is to keep his dealings under check inIndia. Dawood’s racket could be broken a great deal ifIndiaacts more seriously on his deals in the country, security experts believe. What makes him strong is the kind of money he is able to generate out of the Indian markets, they also point out.
ForIndiato extradite Dawood is going to be herculean task. Even if there is pressure from theUnited States of America,Pakistanwould go out of its way to guard the man. In the year 2006, he was shifted to Wazirstan by thePakistanarmy to avoid any assault by theUStroops who have branded him as an international terrorist. Dawood also has a safe hide out in Jeddah and has very often moved in there at the time the heat is high on him. He continues to use two passport H 123259 and G-869537 for all his travel and these were issued to him atRawalpinditen years back.
The IB says that his businesses continue to grow with each passing day. He is becoming a headache not only for countries such asIndiaandNepal, but his drug syndicate spread acrossThailand,Kenya,MalaysiaandSingapore. The worry however is that these countries not only become transit points for the drug or counterfeit trade. There is a catch and that is he also continues to create newer routes for terror operations. With the Lashkar-e-Tayiba making every effort to go international they find their biggest help in Dawood and his network. The Lashkar has been setting up bases inSingaporeandThailand. Most of the times it has been seen that most government have been linieant while controlling the drug trade and what they do not realise is that they end up creating a route for terror operations as well. The same has happened inIndiaand today the D gang finds an easy route to smuggle arms and also fake currency.
According to the IB, Dawood enjoys a comfort level that even VIPs inPakistancould be envious of. Going by the interrogation report of Ahmed Khwaja, aHyderabadbased Lashkar operative who has visitedPakistanthe comfort levels of Dawood becomes clear. He goes on to say that he tried to see his house but was unable to due to the big fort like structure. He also said that he was told that Dawood enjoys a 10 layer security ring which many VIPs too do not have in Pakistan.