Organised crime in Pakistan

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Organized crime in Pakistan is known throughout the world as one of the most organized and powerful Mafia in the world.[citation needed] The Pakistani Mafia is spread in many countries and are also politically supported and politicized. Pakistani Mafia groups are mostly ethnically-based and have influence over government. The Pakistani Mafia is involved in drug trafficking, assassination, land grabbing, arms smuggling and various other illegal activities.[citation needed] The world's third most wanted fugitive and Indian underworld don, Dawood Ibrahim, is hiding in Karachi, according to Forbes.[1]

Other known gangsters from Pakistan are Rehman Dakait of the Peoples' Aman Committee . Pakistan is also known to large drug cartels which export heroin created in Afghanistan. Afghanistan is known to be the largest producer of heroin on earth (see Opium production in Afghanistan), but due no existing connections to the International waters, most heroin is exported through Pakistan to various regions on earth, such as Middle east, Europe, and Australia.[2]

Ethnically there are Baloch gangs in Lyari, Mirpuri Kashmiri gangs (the Kashmiri gangs also exist in Great Britain), Pashtun gangs who cooperate with the Pashtun gangs in Afghanistan, Sindhi gangs operating in Karachi and Punjabi gangs operating throughout the province (Punjabi gangs also exist in Great Britain).

Pakistani-British organized crime[edit]

Pakistani organized crime
Founding location United Kingdom
Years active 1980s - present
Territory United Kingdom
Ethnicity Mirpuri and Pashtun
Criminal activities Drug trafficking, weapon trafficking, robbery, contract killing, fraud, money laundering, counterfeiting, extortion, illegal gambling, murder and prostitution

Pakistani organized crime emerged in the United Kingdom following the immigration of Pakistani people of mostly Mirpuri and Pashtun origins to industrial cities such as Bradford, Middlesbrough, Luton and Leeds. Pakistani organized crime groups in the UK are mostly clan based, exploiting these ties in their country of origin. Organized crime clans are largely active in drug trafficking (mainly heroin, hashish and cocaine), weapon trafficking, racketeering, prostitution, money laundering and contract killing. While street-based Pakistani gangs are largely involved in petty crimes, seasoned criminals are extremely organized with ties that stretch from Pakistan to most British cities with as large Asian community.[3] PMLN is mainly responsible for brutal and violent organized crimes in country.Pakistani criminal organizations are known for being among the most powerful in the United Kingdom, along with the White British 'Firms', Turkish mafia and Turkish Cypriot crime families, Yardies, Triads, Albanian mafia, Russian mafia and Nigerian mafia.[4]

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  1. ^ Vardi, Nathan (2010-05-13). "In Pictures: The World's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives". Archived from the original on 2013-01-23. "Dawood Ibrahim: The most wanted man in India has for years led a 5,000-member criminal syndicate known as D-Company. The organized crime group has engaged in everything from narcotics to contract killing, working mostly in Pakistan, India and the United Arab Emirates. Ibrahim shares smuggling routes with al Qaeda, the U.S. government says, and has collaborated with both al Qaeda and its South Asian affiliate, Lashkar-e-Taiba, which pulled off the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, possibly with Ibrahim's help. Ibrahim is suspected of having organized the 1993 Bombay bombings that killed 257 people and wounded 713. Though the Pakistani government denies it, Ibrahim is probably in Pakistan, where he has important ties to the powerful intelligence service." 
  2. ^ "Heroin trade throughout the world". Interpol. 
  3. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2002/jul/14/race.drugsandalcohol
  4. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2001/aug/05/drugsandalcohol.drugstrade