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'D-Company example of 'criminal terrorism' fusion'

world Updated: Jan 06, 2010 16:28 IST

Running a criminal syndicate of 5,000 members with strategic alliance with the ISI, LeT and Al-Qaeda, the Karachi-headquartered D-Company is an example of "criminal-terrorism" fusion model and poses a threat to the US security interests in South Asia, a Congressional report said.

"Dawood Ibrahim's D-Company, a 5,000-member criminal syndicate operating mostly in Pakistan, India, and the United Arab Emirates, provides an example of the criminal-terrorism fusion model," the Congressional Research Service (CRS) said in its latest report.

A research wing of the US Congress, CRS prepares reports on various issues for the American lawmakers.

The report "International Terrorism and Transnational Crime: Security Threats, US Policy, and Considerations for Congress" was released by the CRS on Tuesday.

The US Department of Treasury designated Ibrahim as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist in October 2003.

In June 2006, the then US President George W Bush designated him, as well as his D-Company organisation, as a significant foreign narcotics trafficker under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.

Noting that the D-Company is reportedly involved in several criminal activities, including extortion, smuggling, narcotics trafficking, and contract killing, the CRS said it has also reportedly infiltrated the Indian filmmaking industry, extorting producers, assassinating directors, distributing movies, and pirating films.