Dawood still safe in Pakistan: TOI reports

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New Delhi, Dec 4: Even as India seeks underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, a Times of India (TOI) report claims that its business as usual for the underworkd kingpin. It is learnt that the don is settled firmly in his plush bunglaw in Karachi. Dawood allegedly provided local logistical support to the terrorists of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

TOI's sources say that the don is so confident that no action will be taken against him by the Pakistani officials. Reportedly he has not made any changes in his daily routine. He continues to phone his contacts in Mumbai. Recently, a contact who fronts for him in the real estate business reportedly sent Rs 120 crore via hawala, sources in the government stated. The hawala channel between Mumbai and Karachi remains busy, reported the TOI.

Indian intelligence agencies are closly monitoring Dawood's movements as US counterparts. Its on the basis of detailed inputs from them, that India maintains Dawood Ibrahim is in Pakistan. But central agencies question why the Maharashtra government has not taken any action against the D-company in Mumbai. "What's the point of asking Islamabad to hand over Dawood when we're not doing anything to destroy his empire in Mumbai and other places in India?" a senior official told TOI.

One of the key member of Don's network Mohammed Ali, who holds sway in the docks continues to operate with impunity. Even after the Nov 26 terror strikes, his smuggling racket remains unchecked. Even though there is strong indications that D-company provided logistical support to Mumbai attackers, police sources are dening any local support. At the same time they are not ruling out the Dawood Ibrahim's involvement.

Meanwhile Indian security agencies are hoping that the US will move on Lashkar-e-Toiba leaders including Abu Hamza and Hafeez Sayed. An email sent to a TV channel was traced to an LeT hideout near Muridke in Pakistan's Punjab province. The phone intercepts of the LeT terrorists who executed the Mumbai massacre also reveals their links to Pakistan and Bangladesh.

OneIndia News (With inputs from agencies)

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