Rangers raid MQM HQ in Karachi, detain member of Rabita Committee


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KARACHI: A heavy contingent of Rangers raided Nine Zero, the headquarters of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in Karachi’s Azizabad neighbourhood on Wednesday morning, prompting a protest by party activists and a subsequent call for a day of “peaceful mourning” across the country.

A number of party workers including member of MQM’s Rabita Committee Amir Khan were detained during the raid. Rabita Committee is MQM’s central coordination cell.

Conspicuously, the operation was managed and executed by members of the paramilitary force alone and there was no sign of local police in the area.

A summary of the raid and subsequent events:

  • Rangers raid Nine Zero, seize large cache of arms and detain workers
  • MQM says office bearer killed during raid
  • Cameraman injured while reporting on the scene
  • Rangers say no man killed, hardened criminals arrested
  • MQM announces peaceful protest
  • Schools close, examinations postponed as citizens fear violence
A large number of party workers including member of MQM's central coordination cell Amir Khan were arrested by Rangers during the raid. - Reuters
A large number of party workers including member of MQM’s central coordination cell Amir Khan were arrested by Rangers during the raid. – Reuters

The Rangers raid at the headquarters of one of the largest political parties in the country today appears to have symbolic significance in the Karachi operation that has been underway since October 2013.

Police and Rangers personnel routinely target suspected militant hideouts and report killings of Taliban members in ‘encounters’ in the city. Moreover, the MQM has in the recent past accused the Rangers of involvement in illegal detention and extrajudicial killings of its members. In that stead, today’s raid and arrests appear to be the climax of the complex dynamics between the two sides.

The development comes in hours after a consensus was reached on who will chair the Senate with the MQM on board with the government. Senior members of the party have been expressing their shock at the latest turn of events and have been denying the claims made by Rangers of the party harbouring “hardcore criminals” at its headquarters.

Rangers have authority, not justice: Altaf

MQM Chief Altaf Hussain in a telephonic address denounced the raid by Rangers on Nine Zero.

Following is a summary of his address:

  • Altaf said that this was the first time that the house of a political party chief was raided
  • Addressing Rangers personnel, he remarked that Rangers have authority but they are unable to deliver justice
  • He said that the establishment does not tolerate MQM’s presence
  • He maintained that the ammunition seized from Nine Zero by Rangers does not belong to MQM. He further said that if the weapons belonged to MQM, they would not have been stored in Nine Zero
  • He claimed that the ammunition recovered was planted by Rangers personnel themselves, who carried it inside concealed in blankets
  • Altaf demanded that “terrorism in the name of search operations” be stopped
  • He claimed that more than 60 people were arrested during the raid by Rangers
  • He said that the demise of party worker Waqas Ali Shah has deeply upset him.

Party office bearer killed: MQM

MQM spokesperson Wasay Jalil said a senior party office bearer, Waqas Ali Shah of the central information committee, was killed by Rangers during the raid.

Jalil said that Shah was killed in straight fire by Rangers personnel around 7:45am Wednesday morning. “Dozens of mobiles of Rangers appeared at Nine Zero around 6AM. Personnel proceeded to raid the 50 offices in our headquarters. They went to each office, went through all the files and broke telephones.”

A picture showing Waqas Ali Shah of MQM's central information committee who the party says was killed in the raid. Photo courtesy: Facebook
A picture showing Waqas Ali Shah of MQM’s central information committee who the party says was killed in the raid. Photo courtesy: Facebook

Additional IG Sindh police Ghulam Qadir Thebo while speaking to DawnNews said that Shah was not shot by Rangers personnel, but that the bullet fired were from a hand-held gun.

Rangers Director General (DG) Major General Bilal Akbar has said that MQM activist Shah did not die of gunfire by Rangers personnel. He added that the young man was shot with a TT pistol and the fact would become clear once the medical board’s report is received.

A Rangers spokesperson said no one was killed during the raid but that ‘unidentified men’ opened fire injuring an Express News cameraman.

Rangers personnel after breaking barricades leading to MQM headquarters cordoned off the area and searched through departments of the party’s offices .They also raided adjoining houses and arrested a number of MQM activists and leaders.

Rangers personnel rummaged through MQM's Nine Zero offices and adjoining houses. -DawnNews screengrab
Rangers personnel rummaged through MQM’s Nine Zero offices and adjoining houses.

Speaking to media, Col Tahir called the two hour raid a “purely information-based operation” and divulged that the Khursheed Memorial Hall at Nine Zero has been sealed and will be handed over to police for further investigation

During the raid, the Rangers cut off the telephone lines at Nine Zero, disabling communication with MQM’s international secretariat

Party leader Haider Abbas Rizvi, who is in Islamabad, confirmed the raid to Dawn.com and said that communication with party workers at the headquarters could not be established during the raid.

Rizvi maintained that all the weapons seized by Rangers are licensed.

Rangers spokesperson Col Tahir said the raid lasted for two hours. -DawnNews screengrab
Rangers spokesperson Col Tahir said the raid lasted for two hours.

Scores of activists and party members protested the raid by Rangers by chanting slogans. Aerial firing also ensued outside Nine Zero as activists attempted to break Rangers’ cordon.

A large number of female activists protested the raid by chanting “Go Rangers Go”.

MQM announced a day of peaceful protest against the search operation by Rangers and urged for transport services to be suspended throughout the day.

The incident has emerged on a day when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif himself is due to visit the metropolitan today.

Faisal Mehmood alias Faisal Mota
Faisal Mehmood alias Faisal Mota

Rangers issue details of raid

A press release was issued by Rangers soon after the raid on MQM’s headquarters.

It said: “Pakistan Rangers Sindh has conducted a series of targeted raids at Surrounding areas of 90 including Khursheed Memorial Hall today. During the above mentioned action following hardcore criminals have been arrested.”

Ubaid K 2
Ubaid K 2

Following is the Rangers press release with details of those arrested:

  1. Faisal Mota (involved in murder of Wali Khan Babur and convicted and sentenced to death by court)
  2. Farhan Shabbir aka Mullah
  3. Amir
  4. Nadir (convicted and sentenced 13 years)
  5. Ubaid K 2

Faisal Mota had been awarded the death sentence in absentia on Mar 1 2014 by an anti-terrorism court in the murder case of Wali Khan Babar, a Geo TV reporter.

Journalist injured

Express News cameraman Waseem Mughal who was at Nine Zero among other media personnel has been injured due to firing.

An employee of the Express Media Group confirmed that Mughal has been shot in the arm and that his condition is stable.

‘Stolen ammunition seized’

Weapons, recovered during a raid by paramilitary forces on MQM headquarters, are displayed for the media in Karachi March 11 2015. -Reuters
Weapons, recovered during a raid by paramilitary forces on MQM headquarters, are displayed for the media in Karachi March 11 2015. -Reuters

According to Rangers spokerperson Colonel Tahir, ammunition stolen from Nato containers was also
during the search operation at Nine Zero.

‘Weapons kept for security purposes’

MQM leader Faisal Subzwari.— DawnNews screengrab
MQM leader Faisal Subzwari.— DawnNews screengrab

Speaking to media, MQM leader Faisal Subzwari admitted that weapons were seized during the raid, but said that they were all licensed and were being kept for security in view of the threats being received from “the Taliban and other extremist elements”.

“After the Army Public School attack, even schools and colleges are now being asked to keep weapons for security. We were also told to keep weapons for our security,” he said.

MQM demands answers

Scores of protesters gathered outside Nine Zero but were not allowed to enter its premises. -DawnNews screengrab
Scores of protesters gathered outside Nine Zero but were not allowed to enter its premises. -

Soon after the news of the search operation broke, MQM leaders and activists started to gather outside the headquarters but were not allowed to enter its premises.

Speaking to DawnNews, MQM prominent leader Farooq Sattar termed the raid deeply upsetting and worth investigation. He said that MQM is compliant of all laws and instead of appreciating the party’s efforts of promoting peace, it is being treated with contempt.

He demanded of the prime minister, Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar and Governor Sindh Ishratul Ibad to play their due roles. Sattar also warned that the situation could be a setback to the enhancement of democratic process.

Opposition stages walkout from Senate

Members of the opposition parties staged a walkout from the Senate to register their protest against today’s raid on the MQM headquarters Nine Zero.

Petrol pumps, private schools shut down

Petrol pumps in several areas of Karachi were shut down soon after the raid. -DawnNews screengrab
Petrol pumps in several areas of Karachi were shut down soon after the raid.

Petrol pumps and private schools in several areas of Karachi have reportedly been shut down as activists in large numbers protested against the Rangers.

Examinations in Karachi University have also been postponed as citizens fear violence.

Business centres and gas stations Hyderabad, Nawabshah, Jamshoro and Mirpur Khas were also shut down.

Bus, rickshaw torched

A rickshaw was torched in Gulistan-i-Jauhar area of Karachi. -DawnNews screengrab
A rickshaw was torched in Gulistan-i-Jauhar area of Karachi.

While the MQM has maintained that the protest against the Rangers raid will be peaceful, a bus has been set alight at Gulistan-i-Jauhar while a rickshaw has been torched in Karimabad.

‘PML-N has no contention with MQM’

Leader of the House in the Senate Raja Zafarul Haq, belonging to the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), has categorically stated that the ruling party has no contention with the MQM.

Addressing media persons he denied speculation that the raid on Nine Zero was carried out in retaliation to the MQM’s support to the PPP during the elections of the Senate chairmen.

He said that the details of the raid would be presented in the Upper House of Parliament once they were received from Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah.

seized during the search operation at Nine Zero

Irfan, Wahab star as Pakistan register first win of World Cup

 

Wahab Riaz celebrates one of his four wickets.
Wahab Riaz celebrates one of his four wickets.

BRISBANE: Pakistan got their World Cup campaign back on track Sunday when the 1992 champions downed Zimbabwe by 20 runs to claim their first win of the tournament.

Led by some patient batting from captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who made 73, Pakistan recovered from losing their first two wickets for just four runs to post 235 for seven from their 50 overs.

Pakistan vs Zimbabwe: As it happened

Towering left arm paceman Mohammad Irfan then took full advantage of the lively Gabba wicket to claim the first three Zimbabwe scalps on his way to a career-best 4-30.

After posting what appeared to be a below par total, Irfan gave Pakistan the ideal start when he dismissed the two Zimbabwe openers in a lethal first spell.

The 2.16-metre (7ft 1in) tall Irfan troubled the Zimbabwe openers with his bounce, both Chamunorwa Chibhabha and Sikandar Raza guiding lifting balls to Haris Sohail at second slip.

Hamilton Masakadza (29) and Brendan Taylor saw off Irfan and settled the Zimbabwe innings, adding 52 runs without trouble.

However, Misbah brought Irfan back after 21 overs with immediate dividends, Masakadza skying an attempted pull shot to the captain at midwicket.

The in-form Sean Williams joined Taylor and the pair added 54 in quick time as Zimbabwe looked headed for victory.

But moments after reaching his 32nd ODI half century, Taylor attempted a leg glance only to get a tickle through to keeper Umar Akmal to leave the Zimbabweans 128-4, but still well in control.

However, when they lost Williams for 33 after he hit Rahat Ali straight to Ahmad Shahzad at backward point with the score on 150 the run chase began to fall away.

Irfan then had Solomon Mire caught behind to leave Zimbabwe 166-6, still 70 runs short of victory with 13 overs remaining.

Skipper Elton Chigumbura, who tore the quadriceps in his left leg while fielding, was clearly hampered with his running between the wickets and the required run rate began to climb steadily.

Craig Ervine (14) and Tawanda Mupawira both perished caught behind off Riaz with the score on 168 and despite a late flourish from Chigumbura (35), Zimbabwe struggled to lay bat to ball in the closing overs.

Earlier, Pakistan recovered from another terrible start to post a competitive 235-7, thanks largely to Misbah and a whirlwind 54 off 46 balls from Riaz.

Misbah strode to the crease with his side in desperate trouble at 4-2 at the end of the fourth over and was out 121 balls later in the 47th with Pakistan 202-7.

Riaz struck his maiden half century at the end of the innings to lift Pakistan, who struggled throughout their 50 overs against a spirited Zimbabwe attack.

Misbah to Pakistan: ‘Never give up’

 

Pakistani captain Misbah-ul Haq throws a ball during their training session at the Allan Border Fields ahead of the 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool B match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe in Brisbane on February 26, 2015
Pakistani captain Misbah-ul Haq throws a ball during their training session at the Allan Border Fields ahead of the 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool B match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe in Brisbane on February 26, 2015


BRISBANE: Misbah-ul-Haq can’t see any reason for his Pakistan squad to panic, despite two losses from two starts at the Cricket World Cup.

Pakistan plays Zimbabwe on Sunday in a crucial Pool B match for both teams.

Pakistan won the World Cup in 1992, the only other time it was co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

Imran Khan’s Pakistan squad kicked off its campaign with a 10-wicket loss to West Indies, beat Zimbabwe and then lost to India and South Africa and got to share the points with England in a rain-affected group game.

One match, a big win over Australia in Perth, sparked a streak that included victories over Sri Lanka and New Zealand and culminated in a defeat of England in the final.

This time, Pakistan opened with a lopsided 76-run loss to archrival India in Adelaide, and then slumped to a 150-run defeat to the West Indies.

Both times, Pakistan struggled badly chasing a total. It’s no surprise that the squad of 1992 has come into focus this week for Misbah’s squad.

Take a look: This is Pakistan’s weakest ever team to play in a World Cup: Gavaskar

“The important lesson is never give up. That’s what Imran Khan usually says about 1992,” Misbah
said

“Even when the team was in difficult times, they never gave up. They just kept trying. At last they just managed to do what they really wanted to do in that World Cup.”

While he didn’t mind drawing lessons from the past, Misbah said it was crucial for his team to be focused on the now — and that is Zimbabwe at the Gabba.

He diplomatically described his team’s performances in the high-pressure games so far as “average.

“We need to win the next game, especially,” Misbah said.

“There has been a lot of talk about 1992 (but) you just focus on what you are doing here — that’s more important for our team.”

“When you’ve lost two games in a row in a World Cup, a bit of pressure on the team and the players, but I think this is a chance for us to just get our confidence back — if you win a game, it can change the mood of the whole team.”

Pakistan is coming to terms with a reworked bowling attack in the absence of pace bowler Junaid Khan and after veteran off-spinner Saeed Ajmal ruled himself out of the tournament rather than undergo testing on his bowling action.

There’s more responsibility on new-ball bowlers Mohammad Irfan and Sohail Khan and on the leg-spinners of veteran allrounder Shahid Afridi.

“I still feel that these bowlers are good enough and on a day if luck fills them, they can really go through any batting lineup,” Misbah said.

Read: No panic, but Pakistan batting concerns Misbah

They’ll need to get on top early against Zimbabwe, which scored around the 280-mark in losses to South Africa and West Indies and beat the United Arab Emirates by four wickets while chasing 285.

Skipper Elton Chigumbura hasn’t given up hope of his team reaching the quarterfinals, and thinks Pakistan might be vulnerable after consecutive defeats.

“I think tomorrow’s a most important game for us,” he said.

“If we play our best cricket, hopefully, we’ll come up on the winning side.”

The Zimbabwe bowlers will have to recover from the recent onslaught from Chris Gayle, who clobbered a record 16 sixes and a World Cup-high of 215 in a 372-run partnership with Marlon Samuels as the West Indies posted 372-2 in Canberra on Tuesday.

“What’s important for us is make sure we polish up where we’re going wrong which is on our bowling,” Chigumbura said. “The last couple of overs …. is the main focus.”
said.

Moin Khan ordered back from Australia


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Pakistan’s embattled chief selector Moin Khan, under investigation by the cricket board for visiting a casino in New Zealand, has been immediatedly summoned back to the country by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to clarify his position.

The PCB launched an official investigation into reports that Moin visited a casino shortly before the team’s calamitous World Cup defeat to the West Indies.

“There are widespread allegations into the conduct of the chief selector having brought the image of Pakistan and PCB into disrepute,” the Pakistan Cricket Board said in a statement on Tuesday.

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan spoke with the chief selector and other members of team management by telephone on Tuesday, before ordering Moin to return home.

“He’s (Moin) been recalled immediately so that he can explain his position himself, and by which time we will also have a full picture,” Shaharyar said in Lahore.

Shaharyar said Moin acknowledged he went to the casino with his wife, and had dinner with their friend.

“When I told Moin there are lots of allegations against you, and even members of the Upper House discussed it in parliament today, he told me that all the accusations are wrong,” Shaharyar said.

“He was also disappointed. But he told me he went there to have dinner, and didn’t do anything else.”

Manager Naveed Akram Cheema will take over as chief selector of the tour selection committee, including coach Waqar Younis and captain Misbah-ul-Haq.

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It emerged today that ex-chairman Najam Sethi, who is now a member of the governing board, had thrown his weight behind the former wicketkeeper, while current chief Shaharyar Khan was strictly in favour of ordering Moin back to Pakistan.

Pakistan has lost its two pool games against India and the West Indies, and next plays on Sunday against Zimbabwe. Just before the start of the World Cup, there were reports that eight Pakistan players were fined for breaching a team curfew.

Timeline on Pakistan World Cup turmoil

Feb 12: Eight Pakistan players, including maverick former captain Shahid Afridi, fined for breaching a team curfew ahead of their crucial World Cup game against India. They are also warned that a repeat offence will see them kicked out of the tournament.

Feb 15: Afridi plays down being fined for breaking the curfew, claiming he and his team-mates went out to eat and not to dance the night away.

Feb 15: Pakistan lose World Cup opener to arch-rivals India by 76 runs at the Adelaide Oval. It was India’s sixth win in six World Cup games against Pakistan.

Feb 18: Pakistan’s campaign rocked by fresh allegations of unrest when reports claim that fielding coach Grant Luden was involved in a heated rowwith senior players.

Feb 21: Pakistan lose to the West Indies by 150 runs in Christchurch.

Feb 21: Pakistani fans in the south-eastern city of Multan hold a mock funeral after the record-shattering defeat at the hands of the West Indies.

Feb 24: Pakistani cricket chiefs launch investigation into reports that chief selector Moin Khan visited a casino shortly before the team’s calamitous defeat by the West Indies.

LIFE HISTORY OF DAWOOD IBRAHIM

Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar

Born 27 December 1955 (age 57)
Mumka, Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra, India
Spouse(s) Zubeena Zareen

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Dawood Ibrahim (born Sheik Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar) is the leader of Indian organized crime syndicate D-Company founded in Mumbai and is widely reported to be living in Pakistan.He is currently on the wanted list ofInterpol for organised crime and counterfeiting. He was No. 3 on the Forbes’ World’s Top 10 most dreaded criminals list of 2011, rising from the 4th position in 2008. Indian court has recently issued a warrant on Dawood Ibrahim for spot fixing crime in IPL.
Dawood Ibrahim is accused of heading a vast and sprawling illegal empire in and against India and Indians. After the1993 Mumbai bombings, which Ibrahim allegedly organized and financed, he became India’s most wanted man.According to the United States, Ibrahim maintained close links with al-Qaeda‘s Osama Bin Laden. As a consequence, the United States declared Dawood Ibrahim a “global terrorist” in 2003 and pursued the matter before the United Nations in an attempt to freeze his assets around the world and crack down on his operations. The Bush administration imposed several sanctions on Ibrahim and his associates. Indian and Russian intelligence agencies have pointed out Ibrahim’s possible involvement in several other terror attacks, including the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, as per Interpol. Dawood Ibrahim was living in Pakistan until April 2013 when he reportedly had left the country. He is now believed to be living in the United Arab Emirates.

Hawala control

Dawood Ibrahim was believed to control much of the hawala system, which is the very commonly used unofficial system for transferring money and remittances outside the view of official agencies. Much of the organisation’s operations are in India.
Ibrahim is widely believed to have masterminded the Ramana link in the March 1993 Mumbai Bombings. In 2003, the Indian and United States governments declared Ibrahim a “Global Terrorist”. The then Deputy Prime Minister,L.K.Advani described it as a major development and that India stands “vindicated”. Ibrahim is currently on India’s “Most wanted List”.
The United States Department of Treasury has also designated Ibrahim as a terrorist as part of its international sanctions program — effectively forbidding U.S. financial entities from working with him and seizing assets believed to be under his control. The Department of Treasury keeps a fact sheet on Ibrahim which contains reports of his syndicate having smuggling routes from South Asia, the Middle-East and Africa shared with and used by terrorist organisation al-Qaeda. The fact sheet also said that Ibrahim’s syndicate is involved in large-scale shipment of narcotics in the United Kingdom and Western Europe. He is also believed to have had contacts with al-Qaeda leaderOsama bin-Laden, now dead. In the late 1990s, Ibrahim traveled in Afghanistan under the Taliban‘s protection. The syndicate has consistently aimed to destabilize the Indian government through riots, terrorism and civil disobedience.
Washington added that they will request the United Nations to list Ibrahim “in pursuance of relevant Security Council resolutions”. The UN listing will require that all UN member states freeze Ibrahim’s assets and impose a travel ban. Juan Zarate, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, said that they are committed to identifying and attacking financial ties between terrorism and the underworld. Ibrahim is also suspected to have connections with terrorist organisations, and in 2002 was linked to the financing of increasing attacks inGujarat by Lashkar-e-Toiba. New Delhi handed over to Islamabad a list of 38 most wanted criminals, including Ibrahim.
In a major blow to Ibrahim, ten members of his gang were arrested by Mumbai Crime Branch on November 21, 2006. They were extradited from the United Arab Emirates, from where they had been deported.
A TV news channel, India Today reported that Dawood Ibrahim provided the logistics for the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Pakistani deportation resistance

In January 2002, a month after the Parliament attack, Indian officials visited the US, where they had meetings withColin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. A list of the Top 20 most-wanted terrorists in Pakistan was handed to the US. Ibrahim was wanted in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts. Following the meetings, “He (Powell) told his Indian interlocutors that Pakistan would hand over Dawood Ibrahim to India ‘with some strings attached’ and also thatMusharraf needed 15 to 20 days more for doing so,” However, Advani says he “started facing hurdles” soon and recollecting it now “is not a very happy experience.”
No Pakistani action was made the following months.

…there was only fibbing and foot-dragging. In my interactions with visiting Americans, I began to see, strangely, a certain lack of enthusiasm. ‘We do not have the clout to compel Pakistan to act on this issue,’ they started saying…I suspected, not without basis, that somebody in the bureaucratic system was trying, in Indian’s dialogue with Americans, to de-emphasise or derail the issue of getting Ibrahim and other Indian terrorists back from Pakistan… [India] was ‘denied a major success in its war against Pakistan-supported terrorism by way of bureaucratic non-cooperation ‘that I have not been able to fully fathom’.

In reaction to India’s list Pakistan also prepared a list of most wanted terrorist demanding India to handover to them and that list included the name of L.K Advani for a killing attempt on Nation’s Leader Mohammed Ali Jinnah.

Ajmal Amir Kasab, a terrorist captured in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 173, had confessed to authorities that Ibrahim’s organization provided arms and explosives to the Lashkar-e-Taiba group that were used to carry out the attacks.

Family

.[23] Dawood Ibrahim’s daughter, Mahrukh Ibrahim, is married to the son of Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad. Javed’s son and Ibrahim’s daughter met while studying together in the UK.
On 30 March 2009, his brother NoorAIN died in his sleep of natural causes, aged 50. Dawood’s brother Anis Ibrahim is a co-accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial bombings.

Modus Operandi

The modus operandi which has been steadily noticed in all the criminal scenarios in which Dawood’s name has figured,is duping insurance companies.That has always been the result of his criminal enterprise, destruction and then rebuilding,giving a big blow, especially to nationalized insurance companies.The latest to this terror trail has been the2011 Mumbai bombings,which took place on 13 July 2011.The blasts occurred at the Opera House, at Zaveri Bazaar and at Dadar West localities, leaving 26 killed and 130 injured. Ask who it was that provided the Mumbai connection — the local logistical support, the reconnaissance, the financing — and the finger will be pointed at Dawood Ibrahim, the city’s most feared financial terrorist and underworld don.

Recent events

First came the death of Umar Bashir, Dawood’s financier and long term confidant. News media outlets reported the murder as a sign of a dramatic shift of power between the crime lords.The loss of Shetty was followed by the United States Treasury Department declaring Ibrahim a global terrorist because of his links with Osama bin Laden. Ibrahim then lost one of his closest aides, Shoaib Khan, in 2005.[25]

Popular culture

At times, Dawood Ibrahim has been linked to the Bollywood film industry, as well as real estate and betting businesses, from which his D-Company is said to derive considerable revenue. He was also rumoured to have had a relationship with Bollywood actress Mandakini, which she denied.
The 2002 Indian film Company is loosely based on his activities and mainly the rivalry with arch rival and former allyChhota Rajan. It’s prequel, the 2005 film D is also loosely based on Dawood.
In the 2007 film Jannat Dawood Ibrahim’s character was loosely shown as Abu Ibrahim who was mainly involved inmatch fixing of cricket matches. Dawood’s love for cricket matches and his gambling dens were loosely shown as a part of the film’s main antagonist.
Other Indian crime films loosely based on Ibrahim and his D-Company include Black Friday (2004), Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007),Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010), D-Day (2013) and Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara! (2013).Shootout at Wadala (2013)
In the 2013 spy thriller The Karachi Deception, one of the main characters is modeled after Dawood Ibrahim. The novel, written by Shatrujeet Nath, is about an undercover operation launched by the Indian Army to kill the fugitive gangster Irshad Dilawar, who is hiding in Pakistan and assisting the ISI against India.

Nepal Freezes Assets Of Entities With Dawood, Al Qaeda Links

The Nepal government has directed freezing of assets of 224 individuals and 64 groups with links to Al Qaeda and Indian underworld don Dawood Ibrahim if they are present in Nepal.Those on the list are individuals and groups identified by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as entities associated with Al Qaeda.Under resolutions adopted by the council, UN member states are required to freeze assets, and impose travel ban and embargo on individuals and entities with links to Al Qaeda.The decision was taken based on Nepal’s commitment to UN principles and its adoption of the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Act.

Narcotics trafficking

Dawood Ibrahim is believed to control much of the ‘hawala‘ system, which is the very commonly used unofficial system for transferring money and remittances outside the view of official agencies. Much of the organisation’s operations are in India.

 

 Terrorism

Ibrahim is widely believed to have masterminded the 1993 Bombay Bombings, a series of terrorist attacks carried out in the city on March 12 of the year. In 2003, the Indian and United States governments declared Ibrahim a “Global Terrorist”. The then Deputy Prime Minister, L.K.Advani described it as a major development and that India stands “vindicated”. Ibrahim is currently on India’s “Most wanted List”.
The United States Department of Treasury has also designated Ibrahim as a terrorist as part of its international sanctions program — effectively forbidding U.S. financial entities from working with him and seizing assets believed to be under his control. The Department of Treasury keeps a fact sheet on Ibrahim which contains reports of his syndicate having smuggling routes from South Asia, the Middle-East and Africa shared with and used by terrorist organisation al-Qaeda. The fact sheet also said that Ibrahim’s syndicate is involved in largescale shipment of narcotics in the United Kingdom and Western Europe. He is also believed to have contacts with al-Qaeda leader Osama bin-Laden. In the late 1990s, Ibrahim traveled in Afghanistan under the Taliban‘s protection. The syndicate has consistently aimed to destabilize the Indian government through riots, terrorism and civil disobedience.
Washington added that they will request the United Nations to list Ibrahim “in pursuance of relevant Security Council resolutions”. The UN listing will require that all UN member states freeze Ibrahim’s assets and impose a travel ban. Juan Zarate, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, said that they are committed to identifying and attacking financial ties between terrorism and the underworld. Ibrahim is also suspected to have connections with terrorist organisations, and in 2002 was linked to the financing of increasing attacks inGujarat by Lashkar-e-Toiba. New Delhi handed over to Islamabad a list of 38 most wanted criminals, including Ibrahim.
In a major blow to Ibrahim, ten members of his gang were arrested by Mumbai Crime Branch on November 21, 2006. They were extradited from the United Arab Emirates, from where they had been deported.
Sources reported in India Today indicate that Dawood Ibrahim provided the logistics for the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.

 United States Deportation Resistance

In January 2002, a month after the Parliament attack, Indian officials visited the US, where they had meetings withColin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. A list of the Top 20 most-wanted terrorists in Pakistan was handed to the US. Ibrahim was wanted in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts. Following the meetings, “He (Powell) told his Indian interlocutors that Pakistan would hand over Dawood Ibrahim to India ‘with some strings attached’ and also thatMusharraf needed 15 to 20 days more for doing so,” However, Advani says he “started facing hurdles” soon and recollecting it now “is not a very happy experience.”
No Pakistani action was made the following months…

…there was only fibbing and foot-dragging. In my interactions with visiting Americans, I began to see, strangely, a certain lack of enthusiasm. ‘We do not have the clout to compel Pakistan to act on this issue,’ they started saying…I suspected, not without basis, that somebody in the bureaucratic system was trying, in Indian’s dialogue with Americans, to de-emphasise or derail the issue of getting Ibrahim and other Indian terrorists back from Pakistan…[India] was ‘denied a major success in its war against Pakistan-supported terrorism by way of bureaucratic non-cooperation ‘that I have not been able to fully fathom’.

Ajmal Amir Kasab, a gunman arrested for participation in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 173 (164 civilians and security personnel and 9 terrorists), has confessed to authorities according to reports that Ibrahim’s organization provided arms and explosives to the Lashkar-e-Toiba group that were used to carry out the attacks.

 His daughter

Dawood Ibrahim’s daughter Mahrukh Ibrahim married Junaid Miandad the son of a former Pakistan National Cricket Team captain, Javed Miandad. Miandad told the press that his son and Ibrahim’s daughter met while studying together in the UK.

 Decline and ill-health

The past few years have seen a dramatic decline in Dawood’s fortunes from the heady heights of the life depicted in “Portrait of a Don” – the ground breaking exposé by Ghulam Hasnain in 2001.
Firstly came the death of Sharad Shetty, Dawood’s financier and long term confidant, an assassination carried out by Dawood’s longtime rival Chotta Rajan. News media outlets reported the murder as a sign of a dramatic shift of power between the crime lords. This was the seminal event in a series of blows to his criminal empire from which Ibrahim has never fully recovered. The loss of Shetty was followed by the declaration by the United States Treasury Department declaring Ibrahim a global terrorist because of his links with Osama bin Laden. Ibrahim then lost one of his closest aides, Shoib Khan in 2005,.
2009 continued to be a difficult year both on personal and business level. His brother and close associate Anees Ibrahim was shot dead in June . This compounds the grief of the loss of another Brother, Noora, earlier in the year .

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A don is born

Dawood Ibrahim was a small-time toughie once. S. Hussain Zaidi describes how it all began for one of India’s most wanted men

 

A warm breeze braced with the crispness of January swept through the congested bylanes of Dongri. Here the quaint old building of Dongri Police Station had stood for decades like a lone sentinel in one of the most infamous neighbourhoods of Bombay. Senior police inspector Ranbeer Likha sat at his desk.
…On this particular afternoon, senior police inspector Likha had other things on his mind. He was listening to the patient voice of head constable Dilip Mane registering the complaint of a bakery worker who had been beaten up within an inch of his life for delaying the payment of the monthly instalment of his loan to the local Pathan, Asif Khan. It was the third such complaint being registered that afternoon…
As he mulled over the situation, he suddenly realised there might be a way out. He called constable Gogte and asked him to make a visit to Musafirkhana at Pakmodia Street and ask Ibrahim Kaskar to visit him at his convenience.
Ibrahim might have retired as a mere head constable in the crime branch but his clout in the area was much more than that of a DCP or prominent social worker. And Ibrahim on his part was ever willing to help…
Ibrahim Bhai entered the police station and took his seat opposite Likha. It was Likha who seemed more in awe of the person who came in rather than the other way round.
A concerned Likha got to the point quickly. “Ibrahim Bhai, why is this happening these days? Please speak with Karim Lala. Something needs to be done. The Pathans’ antics are clearly going out of hand!”
Ibrahim Kaskar shuffled anxiously as he sat before the visibly upset senior officer and tried to reassure him, saying, “Sahab, I will speak with him. He is a good man. He will listen to me. Unfortunately there are some in his group who don’t even listen to him.”
A reassured Likha exhaled, knowing all would be well again… This time, however, Ibrahim seemed to be losing his touch. Several afternoons came and went and there seemed no end to the Pathan menace.
Likha realised that Ibrahim’s conferences with Karim Khan were not bearing the desired results. He dreaded that the situation was going to get out of hand if something drastic was not done, and done soon… As he sat there, however, twisting his mind into knots, the doors swung and Iqbal Natiq breezed in.
Mohammed Iqbal Natiq, then 35 years old, is the rare overnight success story of a self -made Bombay journalist. He edited and published an Urdu weekly called Raazdaar (The Confidante)…
After working as a freelance journalist and columnist in established papers, Natiq launched his own paper from Dongri in 1969 at the age of 26…
In two years, Natiq managed to turn around his life, going from struggling journalist to successful newspaper owner and editor. From owning his own press to driving a spanking new white Ambassador, Natiq began to rise, rubbing shoulders with the elite.
One man who openly admired him and proudly proclaimed his friendship with him was Dawood [Ibrahim]. “Bande mein dum hain (this guy has some substance),” he used to tell his friends. Both Natiq and Dawood hailed from Ratnagiri, but more resilient a bond than their common native place was the intrinsic chutzpah they both had…
Natiq was a frequent visitor in the darbar of Likha, in keeping with the long time motto of crime reporters; to be where the action is. On this visit, he took one look at Likha and saw all was not well…
A few mandatory pleasantries later, Iqbal asked “What’s the matter? You’ve been issued a transfer order or something?”
Likha replied with the ferocity of a man plagued by an issue, “Does anything different ever happen here? Either the Pathans trouble someone else, or they’re fighting amongst themselves. I’m so tired of them!”
Iqbal gave a lopsided smile and reclined in his chair. His expression spoke more about his take on the issue than his tongue chose to. Almost like a quip, he said, “Sahab, Sholay.”
Sholay?! Have you lost your mind, Iqbal?” Likha replied, more confused than ever.
Iqbal’s smile morphed from humorous to mysterious. “You use iron to combat iron,” he said.
The famous line that the handicapped Thakur Baldev Singh of Sholay had told the cop in the film had become so famous that whenever repeated, it conveyed its meaning in its perfect sense.
Understanding dawned. Sceptically, he asked, “But who will deal with the Pathans?”
Iqbal spoke with authority, “There is a boy, Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar.”
Likha recoiled at the name “You mean Ibrahim’s son? No way!”… Iqbal nodded and rose to leave. As a parting shot to the already reeling Likha, he said, “Everybody in the locality knows that the boy is courageous.”…
Days passed and Likha remained gloomy over the deterioration of the law and order situation in his jurisdiction. Then, one day a small encounter scripted the destiny of both the cops and the crime bosses.
It had been a idyllic morning thus far, unmarred by anything unpleasant. As Likha was on a routine patrol, his jeep turned from Khada Parsi junction towards JJ Hospital. Soon he realised he was stuck in a massive traffic jam… Furious, he jumped out and charged towards the source of the jam… What Likha saw made him speechless.
A Pathan was bleeding profusely from his head and mouth and a youth, his shirt torn, was hitting him left, right and centre. “Now I have to break up these measly fights too,” he thought at first, resigned. But then he saw the boy; barely 20 years old, short in stature, and beating up a taller, stouter Pathan. The sight amazed him… Curious, he pulled the boy away by the scruff of his shirt and asked, “Hey, what’s your name?”
The boy stared right back into his eyes and replied, “Dawood. Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar. I’m the son of a cop!”
Senior police inspector Ranbeer Likha froze. One word rang in his ears like a prophecy. “Sholay!” An idea took root in his mind.
Swiftly, he pulled him out of the crowd and shooed bystanders away… He could not think of anything other than the brilliant idea that had been planted in his head by Natiq… Trying to collect himself, he asked Dawood, “Let’s go sit in the car”.
Dawood eyed him quizzically and sat in the jeep quietly, but with an air of composure far beyond his years, calling another lad nearby and telling him, “Inform them at home that I’ll be a little late today.”
“You like to fight with Pathans?” Likha asked, sitting next to him.
“It’s not that I like to; if we don’t fight, we’ll perish,” Dawood tried to explain.
“Why don’t you do something that makes your fight with the Pathans aid us as well?” Likha asked, tentatively… “Defeat the Pathans for me and I will handle the rest.”
It was then that the balance of power shifted in Dawood’s mind; the baton passed from Likha to Dawood. Instead of being Likha’s main man, Likha would now be his main man. Such was the thinking of Dawood. So the foundation of a new rule was laid, and at last, a don was officially born.

The real story behind Shootout At Wadala

  1. A first-hand account of what led to the formation of the D-Gang and Manya’s shootout. After the success of ‘Shootout At Lokhandwala’, Ekta (Kapoor) and I were keen to take the franchise forward. One of the assistants came up with a startling statistic. Till date, there had been more than 850 encounters on the streets of Mumbai.

D Company

Biography and criminal-career

>>Dawood’s foster brother Hanif Seven recalls<<
‘Nobody ever guessed that Dawood and his brothers would one day be so rich, running a mafia network across the globe,’’ says Mohammed Hanif Ibrahim Kaskar alias Hanif Seven, who is now a small-time contractor in Dongri, after having spent 11 years in jail on a drug charge.
In Dawood’s home, kitchen vessels were often empty.The senior Kaskar – Dawood’s father, a police havaldar – would wait for visits from erstwhile smuggling kingpins Haji Mastan and Karim Lala, who would give them some baksheesh (money) to keep them going.
Dawood and older brother Shabir took to small-time textile and low-value goods smuggling while Noora and Anees worked in a garage near Maharashtra College. The family usually met at dinner and shared the day’s experiences.
Hanif Seven says it was the father who was instrumental in making the brothers what they are today. ‘‘Whenever there was a complaint, he would pretend to scold them, but would later pat them on their backs,’’ he remembers.
Through Hanif’s tale emerges the story of Dawood Ibrahim’s changing fortunes. In 1977, he and some associates looted a boat carrying contraband off Haji Ali. The 12 partners distributed among themselves goods valued at around Rs 14 lakh at that time (which equals Rs 1.26 crore in the year 2011, adjusted for inflation). Suddenly the family saw money. Soon, Dawood was seen driving a second-hand white chevrolet malibu car and visiting expensive tailors.
Trouble started when he crossed swords with Basu Dada from nearby Telli Mohalla. Dada ran an akhada and had musclemen like Khalid Pehalwan, Anjum Pehalwan and Lalkhan Pehalwan for support. Dawood then formed an alliance with Bauji Saheb and Rama Naik to balance the power equation. His gang then came to be known as Young Company and later, the D-Company.
When Dawood was young, his father police constable Ibrahim Hassan Kaskar knew the then Don Haji Mastan. With Haji’s help, he opened an electronics shop for his son Dawood. In this electronics shop of Manish Market, now smuggled goods started coming in. Haji delegated the responsibility of smuggling electronics’ goods to Dawood. These were Dawood’s initial days in the smuggling business. However, Syed Batla, a local hoodlum working for Mastan, suspected that Dawood was getting writings against him published in a newspaper. So Batla killed the editor of the newspaper. The editor of Urdu daily Rajdar, Iqbal Naatik was a good friend of Dawood’s. Batla was unaware that Naatik was also a friend of Haji. When Haji got to know of this he verbally abused Batla and also slapped him. Dawood was not satisfied with this and was thinking of getting Batla killed. Thus Dawood decided to split up with Mastan.
Siddhi Mohalla is an old five-storey building at the Bhendi Bazaar junction in Bombay. On its terrace, the ‘old hats’ had held their “sacred meeting” in 1980, demarcating territorial boundaries for the gangs to operate. On one side were the Pathans, headed by Samad Khan, Syed Batla and Amirzada. On the other side of the table were the Konkanis, led by Dawood. “Dawood breache

 

Early crimes

from being a retail extortionist to being the third most wanted don of the world, Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar (55) has indeed come a long, long way in a highly-globalised underworld. Said Munawar Amin, a long-time resident of Bhendi Bazar, in whose mean streets Dawood, son of a constable, grew up: “Along with his brother Shabbir, he used to extort money from the Moplah businessmen who sell smuggled goods in our area. Nobody visualised that he would go up so high in mafiadom.”
With his friends and brothers, he would go down to the bustling Crawford Market and scam gullible bargain hunters. “His first trick was to offer a customer an expensive foreign watch,” recalled a member of his youthful gang. “After taking the money, he would vanish, while the customer would be discovering that saddam suri had switched the watch for a stone or some such worthless object during the wrapping”(Glenny 127). A natural leader, by his late teens Ibrahim had formed his own gang, Dodi Omar Company, or D-Company. He was charged with murder as a result of his audacious bid to destroy the near monopoly enjoyed in the underworld by the competing Lala clan. D-Company emerged victorious after an intense period of bloodshed, but Ibrahim was forced to flee his beloved Bombay, and by all accounts he has never overcome his melancholy at leaving.
He is said to have begun his real criminal career in Bombay working for the Karim Lala gang (which later became his own gang’s rival) exploiting the rapid expansion in the Bombay (nowMumbai) textiles industry to his advantage, though another version says that he began his criminal career working as a carrier for smuggler Haji Mastan. In either case, he eventually split from both of them and started his own gang, D-Company. He soon moved his residence to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he has business interests alongsideIndia. Dawood started out smuggling gold, expanded into various forms of extortion, and finally turned to trafficking in heroin bound for Europe and Mandrax (an addictive sedative) going to South Africa with the help of international mafia don shahnawaz khan .

Net worth

His net worth is said to be $6–7 billion making him the third richest criminal in world history and his ‘business interests’ are spread across IndiaPakistanMalaysiaSingapore,ThailandSri LankaNepalUAEGermanyFrance, the UK and several countries in Africa. Some sources estimate his net worth at close to 900 billion rupees (~$20 billion).Despite this, he has never been listed by the Forbes in its annual list of billionaires, since networth is of question because of its source, though other criminals such as Joaquín Guzmán Loera have been, putting the size of Dawood’s fortune in question. Some sources say that his net worth is less than one billion dollars because he has never been included in any ‘Rich Lists’. But he has however been listed in other Forbes categories and in 2008 Forbes ranked him among the top 10 most wanted fugitives; the following year, Ibrahim made the magazine’s list of the world’s most powerful people.

Family

The Tribune mentions the following information about Don Dawood:
Name: Dawood Sheikh Ibrahim Kaskar
Father’s name: Late Sheikh Ibrahim Ali Kaskar
Mother’s name: Late Amina
Wife’s name: Mehjabeen, alias Zubina Zareen
Children: Mahrukh, 25 years, married to Pakistan’s former cricket captain Javed Miandad’s son, Junaid; Mehreen, 23 years; Moeen, 20 years; Atif Aslam 25 years; Maria, 14 years.
Siblings: Brothers – Late Noor-ul-Haq alias Noora (allegedly shot dead by gangsters in Karachi); Anees Ibrahim Kaskar; Iqbal Kaskar; a sister known as Aapi (reportedly 11 siblings, names of others not known)

Crimes by family members

Sameer Wagle (33) He is the son of Dawood’s elder sister Shahida and runs a travel agency at Mazgaon. He, along with four others, was arrested by the Byculla police in February 2006 on charges of extortion. The accused were arrested after the victim, confined in a room at Dockyard Road, dialled 100. The police then rescued the victim and his brother. The suspects had allegedly forced the victim to sign on a stamp paper, giving Wagle the ownership rights of his butcher shop at Mazgaon. Haseena and her associates had taken Rs 1 crore from him “to help sell off a property’’. However, the deal never materialised. When Avlani demanded his money back, he was allegedly threatened. Avlani then approached the police. The crime branch has filed a chargesheet against Haseena. The trial is pending.
Danish Parkar (28), Another nephew, he was Haseena’s son. There was one criminal case registered against him in the JJ Marg police station. He died in a road accident in 2005. His friends allege he was killed in a “planned operation’’.
Iqbal Kaskar , Dawood’s younger brother, he was deported from the UAE in 2003 and booked in murder and land-grabbing cases. He was subsequently discharged from the murder case. On June 14, 2007 a special MCOCA court acquitted him in the controversial Sara-Sahara shopping complex case for lack of evidence. With no cases pending against him, Kaskar was released from jail.Iqbal Kaskar, survived an attempt on his life on Tuesday 17th may, 2011 evening in the heart of the city.
Haseena Parkar , Dawood’s younger sister, she came under the crime branch scanner in 2006 for allegedly extorting money from a builder. While the 48-year-old widow managed to dodge the police, her lawyers proved in the court that it was not a case of extortion but cheating and was granted bail. A real estate broker, Vinod Avlani, had complained to the police that Parkar had threatened him.
Sajid Wagle (38) , Dawood’s nephew, Sajid Wagle, was arrested in July 2008 for targeting cable operators in several areas of south Mumbai. Popularly known as Bhanja, Wagle has a group of boys working for him who go about threatening cable operators to pay hafta. The don’s nephew owns Nawaz cable and internet service agency. Son of a technical head clerk in the Merchant Navy, Bhanja is the second among four siblings. He was earlier arrested in February 2008 in an extortion case. A Std-VI dropout, Wagle, stepped into the world of crime in 1999 when he was first arrested in connection with an extortion case. Though Bhanja has never met his uncle in the past 25 years, he never fails to use his name. His mother, Shahida who was Dawood’s elder sister, has died.

Main crimes

Narcotics trafficking & money-laundering

Dawood Ibrahim is believed to control much of the ‘hawala‘ system , which is the commonly used unofficial system for transferring money and remittances outside the view of official agencies, mainly proceeds from narcotics trafficking and illegal business dealings. Much of the organisation’s operations are in India.

Terrorism

Ibrahim is widely believed to have masterminded the 1993 Bombay Bombings, a series of terrorist attacks carried out in the city on March 12 of the year. In 2003, the Indian and United States governments declared Ibrahim a “Global Terrorist”. The Deputy Prime Minister,described it as a major development and that India stands “vindicated”. Ibrahim is currently on India’s “Most wanted List”.
The United States Department of Treasury has also designated Ibrahim as a terrorist as part of its international sanctions program — effectively forbidding U.S. financial entities from working with him and seizing assets believed to be under his control. The Department of Treasury keeps a fact sheet on Ibrahim which contains reports of his syndicate having smuggling routes from South Asia, the Middle-East and Africa shared with and used by terrorist organisation al-Qaeda. The fact sheet also said that Ibrahim’s syndicate is involved in largescale shipment of narcotics in the United Kingdom and Western Europe. He is also believed to have contacts with al-Qaeda leader Osama bin-Laden. In the late 1990s, Ibrahim traveled inAfghanistan under the Taliban‘s protection. The syndicate has consistently aimed to destabilize the Indian government through riots, terrorism and civil disobedience.
Washington added that they will request the United Nations to list Ibrahim “in pursuance of relevant Security Council resolutions”. The UN listing will require that all UN member states freeze Ibrahim’s assets and impose a travel ban. Juan Zarate, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, said that they are committed to identifying and attacking financial ties between terrorism and the underworld. Ibrahim is also suspected to have connections with terrorist organisations, and in 2002 was linked to the financing of increasing attacks in Gujarat by Lashkar-e-Toiba.New Delhi handed over to Islamabad a list of 38 most wanted criminals, including Ibrahim.
In a major blow to Ibrahim, ten members of his gang were arrested by Mumbai Crime Branch on November 21, 2006. They were extradited from the United Arab Emirates, from where they had been deported.
Sources reported in India Today indicate that Dawood Ibrahim provided the logistics for the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.

United States deportation resistance

In January 2002, a month after the Parliament attack, Indian officials visited the US, where they had meetings with Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. A list of the Top 20 most-wanted terrorists in Pakistan was handed to the US. Ibrahim was wanted in connection with the 1993 Bombay serial blasts.
Ajmal Amir Kasab, a gunman arrested for participation in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 173 (164 civilians and security personnel and 9 terrorists), has confessed to authorities according to reports that Ibrahim’s organization provided arms and explosives to the Lashkar-e-Toiba group that were used to carry out the attacks.

Recent Development

The past few years have seen a dramatic decline in Dawood’s fortunes from the heady heights of the life depicted in Portrait of a Don – the exposé by Ghulam Hasnain in 2001.
Firstly came the death of Sharad Shetty, Dawood’s financier and long term confidant, an assassination carried out by Dawood’s long time rival Chotta Rajan. News media outlets reported the murder as a sign of a dramatic shift of power between the crime lords. This was the seminal event in a series of blows to his criminal empire from which Ibrahim has never fully recovered. The loss of Shetty was followed by the declaration by the United States Treasury Department declaring Ibrahim a global terrorist because of his links with Osama bin Laden. Ibrahim then lost one of his closest aides, Pakistani Underworld Don Shoaib Khan (not to be confused with the Pakistani cricketer also named Shoaib Khan) in 2005.Shoaib allegedly died due to a ‘heart attack’ though he had no such previous condition. However Dawood is still considered a strong figure and enjoys influence in the Indian underworld.
 

Love life of a dreaded gangster: Dawood in the 90s

 
 
 
Mumbai: Dawood Ibrahim, born Sheikh Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar is a name common in the world’s most wanted lists whether of Interpol or in the Forbes’ World’s Top 10 most dreaded criminals list of 2011.
He is the head of the notorious crime syndicate D-Company in Mumbai and is accused of heading a vast and sprawling illegal empire in and against India and Indians. After the 1993 Bombay bombings, which Ibrahim allegedly organized and financed, he became India’s most wanted man.
According to the United States, Ibrahim maintained close links with al-Qaeda‘s Osama Bin Laden.  As a consequence, the United States declared Dawood Ibrahim a “global terrorist” in 2003 and pursued the matter before the United Nations in an attempt to freeze his assets around the world and crack down on his operations.
The Bush administration has since imposed several sanctions on Ibrahim and his associates. Indian and Russian intelligence agencies have pointed out Ibrahim’s possible involvement in several other terror attacks, including the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, as per Interpol.
In  this series we tell you about the love life of this dangerous criminal that made headlines in the 90s.

Hasan Ali Khan

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Hasan Ali Khan (born c. 1954) is reputed to be an Indian billionaire businessman.[1] In 2007, Indian authorities began investigating Khan for suspicion of money laundering.[2][3] He reportedly had a Swiss bank account with $8 billion in deposits.[4]He allegedly stashed away billions into Swiss bank accounts with the help of Kolkata based businessman, Kashinath Tapuria using hawala.[5]
In January 2011, the then Finance Minister of India, Pranab Mukherjee announced that both Swiss bank accounts of Hasan Ali Khan were emptied.[6][7][8] In December 2012, Finance Ministry told the Standing Committee on Finance that recovery of Hasan Ali’s tax arrears (of approximately Rs 91,000 crore) is not possible.[9]
As of October 2013,[10] Hasan Ali is in jail since his bail petitions have been rejected several times by various courts[11] including the Bombay High Court[12] and the Supreme Court of India.[11]
Hasan Ali has denied all the allegations and said he had no Swiss bank accounts and some of his rivals could be behind the charges.[13]

Legal cases

In March 2007, Hasan Ali’s properties were raided by India’s Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Income Tax officials based on allegations of hawala transactions. Hasan Ali’s lawyer denied all the allegations and said he had no Swiss bank accounts and some of his rivals could be behind the charges.[13] [14]
The Supreme Court of India intervened and asked why Khan and others were not interrogated despite sufficient evidence against them. After this criticism, Khan was arrested by ED in March 2011.[15] In May 2011, ED formally chargesheeted Khan and his associate Kashinath Tapuria under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.[16] ED lawyers said Khan had laundered money for international arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi on several occasions.[16] Khan claimed that he was framed.[17]
Khan was charged with serving as a front for Khashoggi. Allegedly, in 2003, Khan helped launder US$300 million of money Khashoggi made through arms sales through the Zurich branch of Swiss bank UBS.[18][19] Khashoggi reportedly had to use Khan as a front as UBS had blackballed him due to his notoriety. Introduced to UBS by Khashoggi in 1982, Khan enabled the arms dealer to launder funds held in American accounts through UBS Geneva.[20] One of Khan’s accounts eventually was blocked when it was determined that the source of the funds came from Khashnoggi’s arms sales.
India Today magazine claimed that it had verified a letter confirming that $8 billion in black money was in a Swiss bank UBSaccount and the Government of India too has verified this with UBS.[21] However, the Swiss bank UBS denied Indian media reports alleging that it maintained a business relationship with or had any assets or accounts for Hasan Ali Khan accused in the $8 billion black money case. Upon formal request by Indian and Swiss government authorities, the bank announced that the documentation supposedly corroborating such allegations were forged and numerous media reports claiming $8 billion in stashed black money were false.[22][23]
India Today, in a later article, wrote, “Hasan Ali Khan stands accused of massive tax evasion and stashing money in secret bank accounts abroad. But the problem is that the law enforcement agencies have precious little evidence to back their claims. For one, UBS Zurich has already denied having any dealings with Khan.”[24] Indian government has asked the Indian mission inBerne to get in touch with banking authorities of Switzerland for obtaining details about Hasan Ali Khan’s Swiss bank accounts.[25]

Chhota Shakeel

Chota Shakeel (Shakeel Babumiya Shaikh),is an Indian, accused of association with Dawood Ibrahim. In September 2000, Chhota Shakeel admitted to having planned an attack on Chhota Rajan.[1] In 2001, he accepted his involvement in financing Hindi films in an interview to India Today magazine.[2][3]

Tiger Memon

Ibrahim Mushtaq Abdul Razak Nadim Memon

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Born 24 November 1960 (age 52)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Occupation Terrorist, Mobster
Spouse(s) Seema Chaudhary
Children 2

1993 Bombay bombings

His role as the prime accused in the blasts (along with Dawood Ibrahim) has been confirmed by the Special Court after the conviction of the other accused in the case.[2]
On September 12, 2006, the special TADA court, hearing the long-drawn case around the 1993 Bombay bombings, convicted four members of the Memon family: Yakub, Essa, Rubina and Yusuf. Three other members of the Memon family — Suleiman, Hanifa and Rahil — have been acquitted with the judge giving them the benefit of doubt. The four Memons have been held guilty on charges of conspiring and abetting acts of terror. They face jail terms ranging from a minimum of five years to life imprisonment. Yakub Memon, the brother of prime accused ‘Tiger’ Memon, has been charged for possession of unauthorised arms.[3][4]
Yakub Memon, the younger brother of Tiger Memon, who was arrested by Nepal police at Kathmandu Airport and handed over to CBI of India, has been sentenced to death. Three other family members have been given life imprisonment. Rubina, the sister-in-law of Tiger Memon, escaped the death penalty as she is a woman. Yusuf and Essa have been given a life sentence. Yakub was under treatment for depression.[5]

In popular culture

The activities of Tiger Memon were a major part of Anurag Kashyap’s film Black Friday (2004), which is based on the 1993 Bombay bombings. Memon was played by Bollywood actor Pavan Malhotra.

Whatsapp now available in your web browser


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Arguably the world’s largest messaging app with 500 million users, Whatsapp, on Wednesday announced that users can now access their messages on their desktop computers through a web browser.

In a blog post on their site, the company which was acquired by Facebook for $22 billion last year, the popular smartphone messaging app said that users can now see and send messages from their computers (and through the luxury of a full sized keyboard instead a crammed phone keyboard).

For now, the company has introduced a web application which works through Google’s Chrome browser. This is unlike similar messaging apps such as Viber or Line which have standalone desktop applications.

Whatsapp further said that the web browser application will mirror a user’s conversations and messages already on their mobile, meaning that messages will still live on the phone. For the web functionality to work, however, a user’s phone would need to remain connected to the Internet.

While the application can be accessed here, those on Apple’s iOS will not be able to avail this service due to limitations of Apple’s platform.

The long walk into Gaza

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The Erez crossing conveys a sense of isolation and imprisonment that reflects reality for many Gazans.

It takes time to get into Gaza.

There are two points of entry into the besieged strip: Rafah in the south and Erez in the north. With Rafah frequently closed, Erez is often the only way in for visitors, although it remains closed to many Palestinians. This is why some refer to Gaza as the world’s largest open-air prison.

After obtaining approval from a lone guard outside to enter the Erez checkpoint, visitors move into a cavernous border-control warehouse, where another guard checks and stamps passports. Then it’s on to a maze-like passageway that – after two subsequent turnstiles, which seal off access to the way back – spits people out at the entrance to a long, winding, covered walkway.

What grabs one’s attention immediately on the long walk from Erez into Gaza is Israel’s separation wall, an imposing concrete barrier that successfully blocks all view of what’s on the other side. The feeling of separation, of being cut off from the rest of the world, is absolute.

The walkway into Gaza stretches into the horizon. A couple of men have developed something of a business carting passengers and their luggage from one end to the other on motorized carts. As the carts move closer to Gaza, the only view comes through the metal grating on the sides of the walkway. There is a sense of being drawn into a trap, into a prison.

And then, finally, the passageway ends. At the other end of the Erez crossing, taxis wait in the dusty mid-afternoon sunshine to bring visitors into Gaza and residents back home.

Erez is not a viable option for many Palestinians, who can only cross at Rafah upon the whims of Egypt, which frequently shuts access.

It takes time to get into Gaza. But for many Palestinians, it takes much, much longer to get out.