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Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim has 6 addresses in Pakistan: UN confirms India's report

Dawood is wanted in India for his role in the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai. Photograph: (Getty)

PTI Delhi, India Aug 24, 2016, 12.53 AM (IST)

A United Nations commitee on Tuesday confirmed that  six of the nine addresses that New Delhi had submitted as fugitive militant Dawood Ibrahim's hideouts are in Pakistan, virtually endorsing India's consistent stand that the underworld don is based in the neighbouring country. 

India, in an evidence to show that Dawood is holed up in Pakistan, had in a dossier listed nine residences of the underworld don, stating that he is known to frequently change his locations and addresses in the country. 

'UN's confirmation will help investigations'  

Referring to the the UN's confirmation, a junior Indian minister said that this would help in nabbing the underworld don. 

"The aim of the Indian government and interior ministry is to find the whereabouts of Dawood Ibrahim. We will definitely take action on this. This will help us in our investigations. Our agencies are working on it and he will be captured," said junior interior minister, Hansraj Ahir in western Mumbai city.

The listing of the UN Security Council's ISIL and Al- Qaida Sanctions Committee also includes information about Dawood's various passports, including those issued in Pakistan.

 

The aim of the Indian government and interior ministry is to find the whereabouts of Dawood Ibrahim. We will definitely take action on this. This will help us in our investigations."



The addresses were included in a dossier prepared by India in August last year that had listed nine residences in Pakistan of the mastermind of 1993 Mumbai serial blasts as evidence to show that he is holed up in Pakistan.

One of the three addresses which have been dropped by the Committee from its list was found similar to that of a residence of Islamabad's envoy to the UN Maleeha Lodhi.

The Committee, which amended its entry yesterday concerning Dawood, a UN-designated terrorist, made no changes with regard to six addresses provided by India.

"On 22 August 2016, the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999), 1989 (2011) and 2253 (2015) enacted the amendments specified with underline and strikethrough in the entry" concerning Dawood on its ISIL (Da esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List of individuals and entities subject to the assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo, it said.

It did not amend Dawood's addresses mentioned in the listing -- "Karachi, Pakistan (White House, Near Saudi Mosque, Clifton)", "House Nu 37 - 30th Street - defence, Housing Authority, Karachi, Pakistan" and "Palatial bungalow in the hilly area of Noorabad in Karachi".

Dawood accused of financing Islamist millitants 

Being a UN-designated terrorist, Dawood is subject to assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo.


The information about the residences in Pakistan, including one bought near the house of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, son of late former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, in Karachi two years ago is contained in the dossier that had been prepared to be handed over to Pakistan's national security advisor Sartaj Aziz during talks with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval, which were later cancelled. 
 

The underworld don fled India in the 1980s and has since eluded the authorities.



Dawood is wanted in India for the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai in which 257 people were killed and nearly a thousand injured. He is also accused of masterminding other terror attacks and of money laundering and extortion.

Dawood, reported to be hiding in neighbouring Pakistan, runs D-Company, a crime syndicate Indian authorities accuse of engaging in murder, extortion and weapons-smuggling.

He is also accused of financing Islamist militant groups and of masterminding bomb and grenade attacks in Mumbai in March 1993 that killed 257 people and wounded more than 700.

The underworld don fled India in the 1980s and has since eluded the authorities.

According to media reports, Pakistan has consistently denied that Dawood is living in that country after he fled from the law in India. Dawood was listed on November 3, 2003 and the entry has been amended in March and July 2006, July 2007 and March 2010.

(WION with agency inputs) 

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