Phone bill, passports nail Dawood lie; India has proof he lives in Pak

  • Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 22, 2015 17:08 IST
A combination of two photos of Dawood Ibrahim. The one on the right is a file photo, while the one on the left -- in possession of Indian security agencies -- shows how the underworld don looks like nowadays. (HT Photos)

Pakistan High Commissioner in Delhi Abdul Basit may have told HT this week that there was no question of handing over 1993 Mumbai blasts main accused Dawood Sheikh Ibrahim as he was not in his country, but documentary evidence available with the Indian security agencies nails this as a lie.

If they meet as scheduled on Monday, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is set to confront his counterpart Sartaj Aziz on Pakistan giving shelter to a man formally recognised as a global terrorist. Interpol has a red corner notice, or an international arrest warrant, out against Dawood and a host of his associates for their involvement in the 1993 serial blasts that killed more than 257 Indians and injured hundreds more.

According to Indian security agencies, Dawood, wife Mehjabeen Shaikh, son Moeen Nawaz and daughters Mahrukh, Mehreen and Mazia are based in Pakistan with the syndicate chief currently operating out of upscale Clifton neighborhood of Karachi. Son Moeen is married to Sania while daughter Mahrukh is married to Junaid, son of former Pakistan cricket captain Javed Miandad. The agencies are in possession of an April 2015 telephone bill in the name of Dawood's wife Mehjabeen with D-13, Block-4, Karachi Development Authority, Sch-5, Clifton, as the installation address. Dawood, who has three known Pakistani passports, has two more residential addresses (6A, Khayaban Tanzeem, Phase 5, Defence Housing Area and Moin Palace, II floor, Near Abdullah Shah Ghazi Dargah, Clifton) in Karachi.

The agencies also have documents that show that Dawood's family members travelled between Pakistan and Dubai. They also have images of Dawood's Pakistani passport. With passport numbers, flight and passenger manifest details available with Indian agencies, there is irrefutable evidence that Dawood and his brood stay in Karachi. His latest photographs indicate that the 59-year-old crime lord has a receding hairline, is clean shaven and has not undergone any facial cosmetic surgery.

Although there is no information about Dawood venturing out of Pakistan, documents show that his wife Mehjabeen and daughter Mazia travelled from Karachi to Dubai on an Emirates flight on January 4 this year. The two along with daughter Mahrukh and Junaid Miandad returned to Karachi on an Emirates flight on January 11, 2015. Dawood's wife again travelled to Dubai on February 19 and returned to Karachi on February 26. His son Moeen, daughter-in-law Sania and grandchildren travelled back and forth between Karachi and Dubai in March and May 2015. Moeen and his family returned to Karachi via an Emirates flight from Dubai on May 30, 2015.

Pakistan's Dawood lie is also nailed from the fact that the mafia don's close associates like Jabir Saddiq, Jawaid Chotani and Mumbai blasts accused Javed Patel a.k.a Chikna are also based in Pakistan and are frequent visitors to Dubai. There are flight details to show that Saddiq travelled to Dubai from Karachi on July 20, 2015 and returned four days later. Chotani travelled to and forth between Karachi and Dubai during the March-June period. Javed Chikna, the man who along with Tiger Memon planned the 1993 Mumbai blasts, is involved in Hawala activities. A frequent visitor to Dubai, Chikna has close links with Pakistani intelligence agency, the ISI.

While Pakistan's rulers have for the past two decades denied the presence of the man who heads South Asia's biggest crime syndicate, Indian security agencies say that the D-company reaches across the border into India for its extortion activities, pedals fake Indian currency and is neck-deep in the piracy of Indian music and films. It is involved in real estate in India and other countries and handles the overseas distribution rights of Bollywood movies.

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