WASHINGTON (TIP): Ahead of Obama’s visit to India, the US is rushing through to meet his commitment to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on counter- terrorism, including targeting underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and dismantling LeT, JeM, al-Qaeda and the Haqqanis networks.
Recently, US Treasury Department slapped sanctions against two key aides of India’s most wanted underworld don Dawood, who runs his D-Company criminal network from Karachi. By targeting Mehran Paper Mill, a Kotri City, Pakistan-based paper company owned by Anis Ibrahim, brother of Dawood, is a clear indication from the US about how entrenched D-Company is in Pakistan. Anis and Aziz Moosa Bilakhia (Bilakhia) have been designated as Narcotics Traffickers under Kingpin Act due to their ties to D-Company.
Following their White House meet on September 30, Modi and Obama had stressed the need for joint and concerted efforts, including the dismantling of safe havens for terror and criminal networks, to disrupt all financial and tactical support for networks such as al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, the D-Company, and Haqqanis.