Friday, April 2, 2010
Dawood's fortress in Pak Impregnable
Pakistan may be in denial about the presence of India’s most wanted man Dawood Ibrahim, but every high ranking terrorist who has been nabbed in India has confirmed to security agencies that the man is very much in that country under the care of the Pakistan Army and the ISI.
Ahmed Khwaja, the Hyderabad based, Lashkar-e-Tayiba militant who was nabbed recently has clearly stated during his interrogation that he is the toughest man to reach since there are 8 layers of security guarding his house.
Khwaja was specifically asked by his interrogators in Hyderabad regarding the presence of Dawood Ibrahim in Pakistan. He said that he did not get to meet him, but his aides had shown him the place where he lived in Karachi.
I was told that it is impossible to get in there and I also saw that there were scores of army personnel and officers of the ISI who guarded that place. He lives on the outskirts of Karachi and the entire area of his house looks like a fort with various rungs of security personnel in uniform.
Khwaja also said that it is impossible to meet or even access the man, since among all other terrorists houses in Pakistan, it is Dawood who gets the most security. Khwaja however did not reveal much about the nature of work that Dawood undertakes, but added that he is the biggest financer for the Lashkar-e-Tayiba. He said that a lot of the people he met during his visit to Karachi swore by this man and also told him that he is very important to the Pakistan establishment.
Indian agencies had listed out the address and also the properties that Dawood owned in Karachi.
His current address is A 239, Block 13C, Gulshan-e-Iqbal 25, Rufi Cottage. Apart from this he also owns a host of other properties in the high profile areas of Karachi. The properties that have been listed are:
-Block 13D, Gulshan-e-Iqbal Ahmadi Apartments
-Gulshan-e-Iqbal Meymar Arcade, Fourth Floor
-Gulshan-e-Iqbal C-201 Karachi Development Scheme
-Extension 1A Moin Palace, Second Floor, Ghazi Dargah
Intelligence Bureau officials told rediff.com that there is no doubt regarding the security provided to Dawood in Karachi. His activities range from drug trade, fake currency and also real estate. His real estate business itself is worth several 1000 crores in Pakistan alone.
However he thrives most on the drug trade and it is a well known fact that he is being able to go ahead with that trade unabated since he has to hand over 40 per cent of the profits to the ISI. Out of the Rs 1800 crore that the ISI has been raising to sponsor terrorism, nearly Rs 1000 crore is being funded by Dawood alone.
This itself goes on to show the importance of the man and why the ISI is so hell bent upon guarding him. The IB says that on various occasions the Indian government has sought to extradite this man, but till date Pakistan continues to maintain that Dawood is not on their soil.