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Dawood is in Pak, says Interpol boss

According to the Interpol, Dawood Ibrahim resides at White House, Near Saudi Mosque, Clifton at Karachi in Pakistan, reports Presley Thomas.

india Updated: Feb 27, 2008 03:48 IST
Presley Thomas

Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar is in Pakistan. That’s not what is being claimed by India but has been stated by one of Interpol’s top bosses.

The international police organisation secretary-general Ronald K Noble revealed, almost accidentally, during a conversation with HT.

“He wants to talk about the man in Pakistan,” he casually told David Chavern, the chief operating officer and executive vice-president of US Chamber of Commerce while asking him to take over the interview.

Noble was in Mumbai to attend a two-day seminar organised by Confederation of Indian Industries on counterfeiting and Intellectual Property Rights on Tuesday.

Noble evaded questions and declined to comment further on the global terrorist. During the conversation he talked about the global counterfeiting menace, “There is no concrete evidence to link counterfeiting to terrorism, apart from Irish Republican Army’s operation in the United Kingdom in the past. But intuitively there are links to suggest the involvement of transnational organised crime syndicates.”

Interpol–United Nations Security Council Special Notice features Dawood Ibrahim among the 12 most wanted terrorists alongside Osama Bin Laden and his deputy Al Zawahiri. According to the organization, Dawood Ibrahim has 26 aliases and 11 passports issued in his name and states that he resides at White House, Near Saudi Mosque, Clifton at Karachi in Pakistan.

The last passport G866537 procured by Ibrahim on August 12, 1991 is from Pakistan and Interpol reports that the passport has been misused. But ever since Dawood Ibrahim fled the country to Dubai in 1984 and later moved to Pakistan, the ‘D–Company’ chief has been the bone of contention when it came to Indo-Pak relations.

His links to Pakistan was revealed while interrogating those arrested for the 1993 Mumbai blasts. On October 16, 2003, the UN Security Council designated him as a global terrorist under a special sanction that sought his assets to be freezed, imposed a travel ban and an arms embargo.

Since then, the dreaded mafia leader is also wanted by the United States of America for his alleged support to the Al-Quaeda and Taliban.

Richard Kolko, special agent and unit chief of FBI’s national press office had said in a recent press meet that FBI would like to have Dawood Ibrahim arrested. But Pakistan government has denied his presence in their territory. Brigadier (retired) Iqbal Cheema, Pakistan’s spokesperson for the Interior Ministry, in a recent media briefing over speculations of Ibrahim’s arrest in Quetta, reiterated that Ibrahim was not in Pakistan.