Underworld says yes, but intel sources say no place outside Pakistan is safe for him
Where is India’s most wanted? If the city underworld is to be believed, Dawood Ibrahim has left his Karachi den, along with his family, and taken refuge on a tiny island near the coast of South Africa.
About his close aide and second in command, Chhota Shakeel, rumours have it that he too has made a move from Karachi to Saudi Arabia.
Scribes in Karachi confirmed that hectic activities had been noticed at Dawood’s bungalow in the posh Defence Colony on October 30 and 31 - just days before President Pervez Musharaf declared a state of Emergency in Pakistan.
“Several ISI operatives were seen hovering around the bungalow for two days. But ever since they left, the premises had worn a deserted took,” said a Karachi journalist.
According to underworld sources, the tiny island where Dawood has docked is owned by a rich Saudi businessman. The Don is masquerading as a member of the owner’s family.
Intelligence sour-ces confirmed that there were moves afloat to relocate the fugitive after he was declared a banned international terrorist by the UNO last year, but they doubted whether Dawood would be hiding in the isalnd, which is a vulnerable target.
“He may have changed appearance, and taken up a new identity, but no place
outside Pakistan would be safe enough for him,” said Joginder Singh, a former CBI director.