11 May, 2021

Present, D Facto

The Sindh IG's admission matches with India's claim all along: Dawood's there and thriving

Present, D Facto
Kawish Crown Plaza, the plush 10-storey shopping complex located in Karachi's main boulevard Sharah-e-Faisal, witnessed two bomb explosions in the space of just over two months. The first explosion on July 11 killed two people. The second and more recent blast on September 19 ripped through the 10th floor and caused extensive damage to offices and shops.

The blasts by themselves were nothing new in Pakistan's commercial capital. The city of late has seen a spurt in sectarian strife and militant activity. But the first public admission by senior officials of the Sindh government—Inspector General of Police Syed Kamal Shah and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader and home minister Aftab Ahmed Sheikh—that the building was actually owned by India's most wanted criminal Dawood Ibrahim warmed the cockles of the Indian intelligence establishment.

"We have been saying it all along," says an Intelligence Bureau official in New Delhi. "But Syed Kamal Shah's statement that the Mumbai mafiosi had a network from Mumbai to Karachi and were working in both countries is...

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