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The government is tracking Dawood Ibrahim in Pakistan and has revealed that he is using multiple passports

Published: 19th July 2015 07:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th July 2015 07:33 AM   |  A+A-

Dawood Ibrahim

New Delhi: Stung by the Dawood Ibrahim controversy during the Budget session of Parliament, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has prepared a note for the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) saying that “Dawood Ibrahim is in Pakistan while he keeps shifting his location.” Dawood, India’s most wanted man, cannot be a copy paste job, the MHA learnt hard way. On May 5, 2015, due to mishandling by the lower bureaucracy, the government in a written reply told Parliament that Dawood’s whereabouts are not known. This was a huge embarrassment for the Narendra Modi government and a clarification was immediately issued. Later, it was learnt that a babu generously lifted a para from a similar Parliament reply of May 7, 2013.

Dawood Ibrahim1.jpgTo avoid any further gaffé on Dawood, the MHA has prepared a note on his whereabouts ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament and what NDA government is doing to bring him back.

“The available intelligence inputs indicate that Dawood Ibrahim is in Pakistan while he keep shifting his location,” the MHA note prepared earlier this month stated.  The ministry said that “India has been sharing with Pakistan authorities details of Dawood Ibrahim, including those of his Pakistani passports and his reported addresses in Pakistan from time to time, with a request to hand him over so that he may be tried in India for the terrorist activities and other offences committed by him in India.”

“The government is pursuing this matter through different channels to ensure that Pakistan and its agencies fulfil their international obligation in the context of Red Corner Notice issued against Dawood Ibrahim and the UN Security Resolutions,” the note sent to PMO further added.

Details shared with Pakistan are based on intercepts by Indian Intelligence agencies and inputs shared by the US’ FBI. FBI inputs shared with Pakistan maintain that Dawood might be travelling on two passports issued in Pakistan and the Republic of Mali. His Pakistani passport was issued in Rawalpindi in the name of Mohammed Anees in July 2001 and its number was H 123259. In 2005, Indian Intelligence agencies suggested that Dawood procured another passport from the Republic of Mali the same year and it was issued in the name of Shaikh Abdul Rehman bearing number A 1332945.

The FBI had stated that Dawood’s syndicate is involved in large-scale shipments of narcotics in the UK and Western Europe. The syndicate’s smuggling routes from South Asia, the Middle East and Africa are shared with the al-Qaeda’s terror network. In January 2015, the US treasury had tightened the noose around Dawood’s brother Anis Ibrahim Kaskar and his associate Aziz Moosa, placing them under the Most Wanted terrorist list and designating Mehran Paper Mill, a Kotri Sindh Pakistan-based paper company, as a terror entity.

According to sources, the MHA under Rajnath Singh in the last one year has undergone a sea change and has decided to fiercely pursue the cases of India’s most wanted criminals abroad.

Singh, a hard task-master, who is the first Home Minister to travel into Naxal hotbed Chintagufa in Chhattisgarh, has also directed intelligence and security agencies to prepare a fresh dossier on Dawood Ibrahim and Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists sheltered by Pakistan.

The fresh dossier will provide Dawood’s residential addresses in Karachi and Islamabad and his recent calls intercepted by Indian agencies. Intelligence agencies had intercepted at least three calls made by Dawood from Pakistan to his aide Javed in Dubai. His last travel is learnt to be to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia in 2013.

THE DAWOOD FACTFILE

In October 2003, the US Treasury Department named Dawood as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist. In June 2006, the US named him and D Company as Significant Foreign Narcotics Traffickers. Intelligence inputs indicate that he is protected by ISI and Pakistani security forces and that he has financed Islamic militant groups.

DAWOOD’S PASSPORTS Intelligence agencies say he uses 29 passports. Interpol has listed 11 passports issued in India but he never uses them. He is currently believed to be using two passports.

a)Shaikh Abdul Rehman (Alias Dawood Ibrahim)

Country: Republic of Mali

Passport No. A 1332945 issued on April 6, 2005

b)Mohammed Anees (Alias Dawood Ibrahim)

Country: Pakistan

Passport No. H 123259, issued on July 2001

SAFEHOUSE IN PAKISTAN

1. Moin Palace, 2nd Floor, Opposite Abdullah Shah Ghazi Durgah, Clifton, Karachi

2. 6/A, Khyaban Tanzeem, Phase V, Defence Housing Area, Karachi

3. C-201, Karachi Develop Scheme, Extension 1A Karachi

4. Margalla Road, P- 6/2, Street No. 22, House No. 29, Islamabad


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