26 December 1955 |
Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra, India
|Spouse(s)||Mehajabeen alias Zubeena Zareen|
Dawood Ibrahim (born Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar) is the leader of the Indian organised crime syndicate D-Company founded in Mumbai . He is currently on the wanted list of Interpol for cheating, criminal conspiracy and running an organised crime syndicate. He was number three on the Forbes' World's Top 11 most dreaded criminals list of 2011, rising from the fourth position in 2008. Indian court has recently[when?] issued a warrant on Ibrahim for sport fixing crime in the Indian Premier League. Ibrahim is accused of heading an illegal empire in and against India and Indians. After the 1993 Bombay bombings, which Ibrahim allegedly organised and financed, he became India's most wanted man.
According to the United States, Ibrahim maintained close links with al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden. As a consequence, the United States declared 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 2008 Mumbai attacks, as per Interpol.
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 agents. Much of the organisation's operations are in India.
Ibrahim is widely believed to have masterminded the Ramana link in the March 1993 bombings in Bombay. In 2003, the Indian and United States governments declared Ibrahim a "Global Terrorist." The Deputy Prime Minister, Lal 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 US 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 leader Osama bin-Laden, now dead (2 May 2011). In the late 1990s, Ibrahim travelled in Afghanistan under the Taliban's protection. The syndicate has consistently aimed to destabilise 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.
News media outlets reported the murder of Shiraz Asghar Ali as a sign of a dramatic shift of power between the crime lords.
The Nepal government has directed freezing of assets of 224 individuals and 64 groups with Ibrahim if they are present in Nepal under Nepal's Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Act.
In 2013, former Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar alleged that in 1986, Dawood had entered the Indian team dressing room in Sharjah and offered each Indian player a car if they beat Pakistan in the Sharjah Cup final.
He was believed to be living in Pakistan under the protection of the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence), Pakistan's premier intelligence agency, and then in the United Arab Emirates. Currently he has been shifted to Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Sources added that "Inter-Services Intelligence appeared extremely wary of the new Indo-US cooperation to fight terrorism. The Inter-Services Intelligence and Dawood appear under a lot of pressure"  In 2005, Ibrahim's daughter, Mahrukh Ibrahim, was married to Junaid Miandad, the son of Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad and the wedding was attended by top ISI personnel. In 2011, his daughter Mehreen, 24, got married to Ayub, a Pakistani-American. The marriage was attended by Pakistan army, ISI top brass and businessmen. In spite of these public weddings and the close connection of Pakistan's Army and ISI to Ibrahim, Pakistan still claims he is not in Pakistan.
On 5 May 2015 MP Haribhai Chaudhary, informed the Lok Sabha (the lower house of India's Parliament) that the whereabouts of Ibrahim was unknown. However, on 11 May, Rajnath Singh the Home Minister of India assured in parliament that Ibrahim is in Pakistan and they will bring him back to India.
Ibrahim's daughter Mahrukh Ibrahim is married to Junaid Miandad the son of Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad. Junaid and Mahrukh met while studying together in the UK. Several of his family members including his brother Iqbal Kaskar live in Mumbai.
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