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Splitting heirs

india Updated: Jul 24, 2007 23:17 IST

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Crime and terror syndicates of the world are known to have their own corporate structures, many of which can rival the best in business. Like their corporate counterparts, these global syndicates are also warming up to mergers and de-mergers. According to news reports, two blue-chip companies, which are ranked very highly on the Bush Index, are heading for splitsville. While al-Qaeda is torn between CEO Osama bin Laden and No. 2 Ayman Al Zawahiri, the ‘D’ company is witnessing a struggle between Dawood Ibrahim, its founder, and his top lieutenant Chhota Shakeel.

True to the corporate nature of their battle, the fight within these groups is over control of ideology, resources and expansion plans. While the pro-Laden group thinks Zawahiri is making a mistake by taking up cudgels against General Pervez Musharraf and thereby losing a captive market (read Pakistan), the Dawood-Shakeel fight is on the growing clout of the latter in the Crime Corporation. It is said that Shakeel controls 90 per cent of the foot soldiers (trigger-happy sharpshooters) of the D-gang and its diverse product base: extortion, counterfeit currency and hawala activities. And, this is making the Big Boss edgy.

The de-mergers are not good news for us because both syndicates operate freely in areas close to our western border. Now, instead of handling two big terror superpowers, we will possibly face a multitude of big and small terror and crime groups — something like cluster bombs. Maybe, what those engaged in the war against terror need to do is engineer a hostile takeover and drive the terror stock down.