After 30 years of intense interrogation by both India and the world, Pakistan finally admits the fact that Dawood resides in Pakistan. However on Sunday, the government denied the statements and termed it ‘baseless’.
On Saturday 22rd August, Pakistan admitted that India’s most wanted Gangman Dawood Ibrahim, has been living in Karachi. The acknowledgement from the government arrives after 30 long years of denial. Dawood, who was one of those responsible for the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, has been residing in Pakistan.
The Pakistani Government‘s acknowledgement was revealed after a list of 88 banned terrorist organisations was revealed. This was done in efforts to escape the stringent financial sanctions imposed for assisting terrorists.
Pakistan revealed, that it had imposed financial sanctions on the terrorist gangs and their leaders.These included Hafiz Saeed, Masood Azhar and especially Dawood Ibrahim. The government ordered for the seizure of all properties and freezing of all bank accounts held by these convicts.
A Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) added Pakistan to its grey list in June 2018. They asked Islamabad to implement a plan of action by the end of 2019. However, the deadline was extended further due to COVID-19 pandemic.
According to WION News as quoted, “The terrorists have been barred from transferring money through financial institutions, purchasing of arms and travelling abroad with various sanctions in place. Against almost all of those listed by the UNSC with the latest notification a consolidation and documentation of the previous sanctions.”
The documents released also reported Dawood’s alleged address and crime bases.
- “White House, Near Saudi Mosque, Clifton” in Karachi.
- House Number 37 – 30th Street – Defence Housing Authority, Karachi.
- “Palatial bungalow” in the Noorbad, Karachi.
According to Indian Security Agencies, Dawood holds several passports. They mention different names and addresses in India, Pakistan, Dubai, and Commonwealth of Dominica.
India has always stood by the fact, that there is significant proof. This proof confirmed that Dawood Ibrahim has been living in Pakistan’s largest city and the financial capital. The claim made by India has also been backed by the United Nations.
Additionally both India and the US also accused Dawood of financing terror groups including al Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Taiba. (Source: NDTV)
However, Pakistan on Sunday seemed to deny the declaration from its side. They government has claimed the previous statements as ‘baseless’ and ‘misleading’.