LONDON: Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim is the only “Indian national” on a newly updated list of financial sanctions by the UK that also includes Sikh terror groups.
Dawood, India’s most wanted terrorist against whom an international arrest warrant has been issued, appears on the UK Treasury department’s ‘Consolidated List of Financial Sanctions Targets in the UK’ updated on January 27 with four recorded addresses in Pakistan – all in Karachi.
“Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar” is recorded to have lived at: House No 37, 30th Street – defence, Housing Authority, Karachi, Pakistan; House no. 29, Margalla Road, F 6/2 Street no. 22, Karachi, Pakistan; Noorabad, Karachi, Pakistan (Palatial bungalow in the hilly area); and White House, Near Saudi Mosque, Clifton, Karachi, Pakistan.
The Mumbai-born gangster’s nationality is listed as “Indian”, with a recorded Indian passport which was subsequently revoked by the government of India and then goes on to list a string of Indian and Pakistani passports acquired by him and misused.
“International arrest warrant issued by the Government of India. Also referred to as Hizrat,” the listing, first made on November 7, 2003, concludes.
Dawood has time and again been reported to be based in Pakistan but Islamabad has denied his presence.
Financial sanctions in force in the UK could apply to individuals, entities and governments who may be resident in the UK or abroad.
The measures include prohibiting the transfer of funds to a sanctioned country and freezing the assets of a government, the corporate entities and residents of the target country to targeted asset freezes on individuals/entities.
Certain financial sanctions may also prohibit providing or performing other financial services, such as insurance, to designated individuals or governments.
It is a criminal offence to breach a financial sanction, without an appropriate licence or authorisation from the UK Treasury.
Organisations under the entities section on the updated January 2016 list include the likes of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Khalistan Zindabad Force, International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF), and Hizbul Mujahideen.