On Sunday, Dec 21 Times of India (TOI) reported that the don is preparing to celebrate his birthday in an undisclosed location, probably outside Pakistan. Sources say that the star guest to this year's extravaganza will be a high-profile international arms dealer who reportedly handles financial transactions of Dawood.
When an Indian politician had to receive a kickback worth crores in an international business deal, he sought the help of Dawood, who took the services of this arms dealer to facilitate the funds transfer, a source told TOI on Saturday, Dec 20. Report say that a secret meeting was held in Geneva in 2007, which was attended by Dawood, an Indian politician and the arms dealer where the money transaction worked out. Pakistan government has issued several passports to the don.
An official said to TOI, "The Centre has report of this meeting, but it is not acting on it."
The extravagant birthday bash of Don was usually attended by an array of Indian businessmen, including some builders at Karachi. Even top ISI officials attend the function. In previous years, the Indian businessmen land in Dubai from where 'arrangements' are made to ferry them to Karachi, the report said.
However this time as all eyes are on Dawood for his possible role in Nov 26 Mumbai terror attacks, he has shifted the venue of the party to a secret place as per TOI reports. Valid evidences are there of the involvement of D-gang (Dawood Gang) in the 26/11 terror strikes, which is under the guidance of ISI, from two accounts in London.
Sources say that Indian security agencies are reportedly having a close watch of the business partners of Dawood in Mumbai, including a gutkha baron and a top builder, to find out if they are going to Dubai en route to the secret birthday bash.
A security official said, "However, all these efforts add up to nothing as the government is not at all inclined to crack down on Dawood's financial empire in India despite us gathering all kinds of information about it."
Dawood Ibrahim who has a major benami stake in a major airline operating out of Pakistan to several international destinations, is now trying to get permission to start operation to India through his front men.
OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)