Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, one of the most wanted in India, is living in Karachi, according to a Pakistan government’s document.
Islamabad has for years denied that it has sheltered Dawood, responsible for the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, along with other terrorists.
Besides the Mumbai blasts, the 59-year-old don is also accused of masterminding other terror attacks and faces multiple charges of money laundering and extortion. India and the US also accuse Dawood of financing terror groups including al Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Taiba.
The admission by Pakistan has come after years in denial of India’s assertion that it was actively involved in sheltering one of the most wanted fugitives from Indian justice system. The implicit admission has now come in the form of an official order that sanctions 88 individuals and several organizations in Pakistan involved in terrorism and terror financing ahead of a review of Pakistan’s compliance with international rules against money laundering and terror financing networks by FATF, the international watchdog.
The Pakistan government document lists White House, Karachi as one of Dawood’s three addresses in the city of Karachi, long suspected to be Dawood’s base.
The document also lists the other two addresses- House Number 37 – 30th Street – defence, Housing Authority Karachi, Pakistan and a “Palatial bungalow” in the hilly area of Noorbad, Karachi.
The document that revealed Dawood’s location was related to a list of 88 terrorists that were sanctioned by Pakistan government. His address on the document is White House, Karachi.
The Pakistani government issued two notifications on August 18 announcing sanctions on key figures of terror outfits such as 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Harfiz Saeed, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
Pakistan has imposed more restrictions on 88 leaders and members of terrorist groups, in compliance with the new list, issued by the United Nations Security Council.
Hafiz Saeed Ahmad of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Mohammad Masood Azhar of JeM and Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi are on the list.
According to the details, the government has also seized the bank accounts and properties of the terrorists in the country. They have also been banned from travelling aboard, Ary News reported.
India has long held that there is proof that Dawood Ibrahim, hunted for nearly three decades, has been living in Pakistan’s largest city and financial capital – an assertion also confirmed by the UN. Pakistan, which had also denied Osama Bin Laden lived in the country, has been refuting the charge.
Dawood Ibrahim, who heads a vast and multifaceted illegal business empire, emerged as India’s most wanted terrorist after the 1993 Mumbai bombings in which 257 people were killed and 700 were injured.
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