Pakistan, at last, confesses it shelters Dawood Ibrahim in Karachi

22nd August 2020

22nd August 2020

Pakistan’s government has confessed that Dawood Ibrahim lives in Karachi after years of denying it shelters the dreaded underworld don blamed for the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts which killed 257 people and left over a thousand injured.

This has come to light after Pakistan admitted a list of 88 banned terror groups to avoid sanctions from the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

Pakistan has announced it has imposed tough sanctions on the terror groups and their leaders like Hafiz Seed, Masood Azhar and Dawood Ibrahim. These measures include seizure of all their properties and freezing of bank accounts.

The Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) put Pakistan on the grey list in June 2018 and asked Islamabad to implement a plan of action by the end of 2019, but the deadline was extended later due to COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pakistani government issued two notifications on August 18 announcing sanctions on key figures of terror outfits such as 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

According to Pakistani authorities, his address is "White House, Near Saudi Mosque, Clifton" in Karachi, Pakistan. He also has other properties listed as "House Nu 37 - 30th Street - defence, Housing Authority, Karachi" and "Palatial bungalow in the hilly area of Noorabad in Karachi".

India had long held that there is proof that Dawood Ibrahim, hunted for nearly three decades, has been living in Pakistan's largest city and financial capital - an assertion also confirmed by the UN. Pakistan, which had also denied Osama Bin Laden lived in the country, has been refuting the charge.

Besides the Mumbai blasts, the 59-year-old don is also accused of masterminding other terror attacks and faces multiple charges of money laundering and extortion. India and the US also accuse Dawood of financing terror groups including al Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Taiba.

 

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