18 September, 2020

At Home In Exile

At Home In Exile
As the Karachi sun slowly sinks into the Arabian Sea, the heavily-guarded house in Clifton, the city’s most upmarket residential district, comes alive. Swank chauffeur-driven cars escorted by armed guards start converging on what is perhaps one of the most talked about addresses in town. Among the hangers-on and the junkies at the nearby shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi, the owner of the palatial house is known as the "Gold Man". For the neighbours, he is Iqbal Seth. But for the Karachi underworld, the "Gold Man" is none other than the notorious Mumbai don, Dawood Ibrahim, ‘Bhai’ to his associates.

On the run from Indian authorities for well over a decade, and one of the key accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts, Dawood has found a safe haven in Karachi. For, operating out of Dubai had become rather tricky after an Interpol alert for his arrest soon after the blasts and the signing of an extradition treaty between India and the UAE. Prior to all this, he was a much sought-after man in Dubai's social circuit and would often be picked up by TV cameras while watching...



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