India demands Security Council action against Dawood, D-Company

UNITED NATIONS: India demanded Security Council action against mafia don-turned terrorist Dawood Ibrahim sheltering in Pakistan and his terror organisation.

India demands Security Council action against Dawood, D-Company

Syed Akbaruddin. Reuters file

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United Nations, July 10

India has demanded Security Council action against mafia don-turned terrorist Dawood Ibrahim sheltering in Pakistan and his D-Company terror organisation behind the 1993 wave of bombings in Mumbai that killed 257 people declaring they posed “a real and present danger”.

Following up on India’s diplomatic success in getting a Council sanctions committee to declare Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist, India’s Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin on Tuesday asked for action against Ibrahim, the D-Company, the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and the LeT.

Participating in a Council debate on Linkages between International Terrorism and Organised Crime, diplomatically without mentioning Pakistan by name, Akbaruddin hit out against it for sheltering him while denying his presence there.

“The D-Company’s illegitimate economic activities may be little known outside our region, but for us, such activities as gold smuggling, counterfeit currency, as well as arms and drug trafficking from a safe haven that declines to acknowledge even his existence, are a real and present danger,” he said.

Making the case for action against Dawood and Pakistan-based terror groups, Akbaruddin said: “The success of collective action to denude ISIL (Islamic State) is a pointer that the Council’s focused attention can and does yield results.” IANS

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