A witness – Khalid Usman Shaikh, the younger brother of a childhood friend of Iqbal Kaskar, shared that Dawood Ibrahim sends money to his siblings and relatives including Iqbal Kaskar every month. A witness in a money laundering case against Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik has stated before the ED that fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim is based in Pakistan’s Karachi city.
The statements of the two witnesses are part of the charge sheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against Malik in the money laundering case pertaining to the property of Dawood Ibrahim.
Khalid’s brother Abdul Samad who was Kaskar’s childhood friend was killed in a gang war between Dawood and Arun Gawli in 1990. Iqbal Kaskar was arrested by the ED in a money laundering case and is being investigated in the probe against Dawood Ibrahim and his gang. Salim Patel, a driver – cum- bodyguard to Haseena Parker, sister of Dawood Ibrahim. Khalid told the ED that he along with Haseena were using Dawood’s name for the extortion of money and encroaching properties. Patil along with Haseena is alleged by ED of illegally grabbing the Goawala compound in Mumbai’s Kurla area which was later sold to Malik’s Family.
Several witnesses along with Kaskar and Haseena’s son Alishah informed about Dawood residing in Pakistan. Alishah Parkar further stated that occasionally during Eid, Diwali, and other festive occasions, Dawood Ibrahim’s wife “is in touch” with his wife and sisters. Dawood Ibrahim is wanted in India in a number of terror cases.
Malik (62), a senior NCP leader, was arrested by the ED on February 23 this year in the money laundering case and is currently in jail. The ED’s case is based on an FIR filed recently by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) against Ibrahim, a designated global terrorist and a key accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts, and his aides under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.