On a day Hindustan Times published Dawood Ibrahim’s latest photograph, travel details of his family and a telephone bill with a Karachi address, a TV news channel spoke on telephone to the fugitive gangster’s wife.
In the conversation with the TV reporter, the woman accepted she was Mehjabeen Shaikh, that she was speaking from Karachi and that she was indeed Dawood’s wife. She added that he was sleeping at the moment, before abruptly hanging up.
HT’s Saturday report, based on documentary evidence available with Indian security agencies, conclusively nailed Pakistan lie about the presence of Dawood and his clan in that country.
HT Exclusive: Phone bill, passports nail Dawood lie; India has proof he lives in Pak
Dawood, who has an Interpol red corner notice against him, and his trusted henchman Tiger Memon are prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts that killed 257 people and injured nearly 1,000. Tiger’s brother Yakub Memon was hanged last month for his involvement in the bombings.
Reacting to the HT report, home minister Rajnath Singh said Dawood lives in Pakistan permanently, though he may be changing his location within the country. “Such people keep changing their location... but he is permanently living in Pakistan,” PTI news agency quoted Singh as saying in Lucknow.
According to the dossier prepared by New Delhi, the 59-year-old crime lord has more than half a dozen residences in Pakistan, including one acquired two years ago in Karachi near the home of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
Dawood’s other addresses, according to the dossier, are — Moin Palace, near Abdullah Shah Ghazi Dargah, Clifton, Karachi; 6A Khyabar Tanzeem, Phase V, Defence Housing area, Karachi; an ISI safe house on Bhoubhan Hill, 20km from Islamabad on the Islamabad-Muree Road; P6/2, Street No 22, House No 29, Maragalla Road, Islamabad; 17 CP Bazar Society, Block 7-8, Amir Khan Road, Karachi; 30th Street in Phase 6 extension of DHA in Karachi; 8th floor of Mohran Square near Pardesi House 3, Tawar area, Clifton, Karachi; and a palatial bunglow in the hilly area of Nooriabad in Karachi.
The dossier also says Dawood has three Pakistani passports — the first issued in Rawalpindi (No G-866537), the second in Karachi (No C-267185) and a third one also issued in Karachi (No KC-285901).
The Pakistani passport number of wife Mehjabeen is No J-589103, son Moeen No J-588518 and daughter Mehrukh, married to the son of former Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad, possesses passport No J-563473.
The gangster’s other daughter, Mehreen, holds Pakistani passport No J-563439. His brothers Anees and Mustaqim too have Pakistani passports — Nos H 144394 and KA-713357, respectively.
“Such people often possess a number of passports and I have said this even in Parliament. It can be possible. There is nothing new in it,” Rajnath said.
BJP ally Shiv Sena and principal opposition Congress, meanwhile, dared the Narendra Modi government to bring back Dawood the way US forces had shot dead Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011.
“If you have the strength, bring Dawood from Pakistan the way American commandos shot dead Osama bin Laden. End this drama of photo and address,” Sena leader Sanjay Raut told ANI news agency.
“We share evidence all the time. What difference does it make,” said Congress leader and former external affairs minister Salman Khurshid.
BJP MP and former home secretary RK Singh said the Nawaz Sharif government was too “uncivilized” to act on the dossier. “We have always known Dawood Ibrahim was in Pakistan. The only difference is that it is now out in the open.
But if you place this evidence in front of Pakistan, they will deny it because as a government, they are not like other civilised ones,” Singh told ANI.
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