Organised crime in Pakistan

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Pakistani mafia
Founding location Pakistan
Years active 1980s - present
Territory Pakistan, United Kingdom, Norway, Canada, United States
Criminal activities Drug trafficking, weapon trafficking, robbery, contract killing, fraud, money laundering, counterfeiting, extortion, illegal gambling, murder and prostitution

Organized crime in Pakistan refers to the activities of groups of organized crime in Pakistan, 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]

US Congressional report claims that the world's third most wanted fugitive and Indian underworld mobster, Dawood Ibrahim's "D-company has a 'strategic alliance' with Pakistan's ISI".[1] Ever since he took to hiding, his location has been frequently traced to Karachi, Pakistan, a claim which Pakistani authorities have denied.[2]

Other known gangsters from Pakistan are Rehman Dakait of the Peoples' Aman Committee. Pakistan is also home to large drug cartels which export heroin created in Afghanistan. Afghanistan is the largest producer of heroin (see Opium production in Afghanistan), but due to no existing connections to International waters, most of its product is exported through Pakistan to various regions such as Middle east, Europe, and Australia.[3]

Political parties such as MQM or the Peoples' Aman Committee, accused of being behind crime in cities like Karachi, are however not as such organized crime groups. Pakistani gangs active in the United Kingdom, as well as several Scandinavian countries to a lesser extent, more closely resemble strictly organized crime groups.[4] Great Britain-based Pakistani organized crime groups are mostly known for drug trafficking (mainly heroin), arms dealing, as well as other criminal activities.[5]


  1. ^ "Dawood is a terrorist, has 'strategic alliance' with ISI, says US - The Times of India". 2010-01-07. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  2. ^ William C. Banks; Renée de Nevers; Mitchel B. Wallerstein (1 October 2007). Combating Terrorism: Strategies and Approaches. SAGE Publications. p. 113. ISBN 978-1-4833-7092-7. 
  3. ^ "Heroin trade throughout the world". Interpol. 
  4. ^ "Caution: you are about to enter gangland Britain". The Independent. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "International Narcotics Control Strategy Report". Retrieved 6 May 2015.