From India to the UNSC: the illegitimate activities of Dawood Ibrahim from a safe haven representing real threats
UNITED NATIONS: Underworld with headquarters in Pakistan Dawood Ibrahim The criminal syndicate has been transformed into a terrorist network, India said while seeking the focused attention of the Security Council to address the real threats posed by JeM and LeT.
Terrorist organizations are increasingly involved in lucrative criminal activities, such as the trade in natural resources and the trafficking of people to raise funds, the Permanent Representative of India to the ambassador to the UN said on Tuesday.
Similarly, criminal groups join terrorists and provide services such as counterfeiting, illicit financing, drug trafficking, drug trafficking and trafficking of terrorists across borders, he said in the Security Council debate on 'Threats to international peace and security: links between terrorism and organized crime.
In our own region, we have seen the mutation of Dawood Ibrahim's criminal syndicate into a terrorist network known as the D-Company.
The illegitimate economic activities of the D-Company may be little known outside of our region, but for us, activities such as gold smuggling, counterfeit currency, as well as arms and drug trafficking from a safe haven that refuses to recognize even its existence, they are a real and present Danger, said Akbaruddin.
He emphasized that the success of a collective action to deny ISIS is an indicator that the focused attention of the Council can and does yield results.
A similar degree of interest in addressing the threats posed by proscribed individuals, such as Dawood Ibrahim and his D-Company, as well as proscribed entities, including the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT ), listed as affiliates of al-Qaeda, under the 1267 sanctions regime, will serve all of us well, he said.
Pakistan's Foreign Office last week said Dawood Ibrahim is not in Pakistan, a day after UK was informed that the underworld wanted for the deadly coordinated bombings in Mumbai in 1993 is currently in exile in the country.
During the ongoing extradition trial of Jabir Moti, 51, a senior member of the D-Company, the Magistrates Court of Westminster in London heard that Dawood is currently in exile in Pakistan.
The head of D Company is Dawood Ibrahim, an Indian Muslim currently in exile in Pakistan. Dawood Ibrahim and his brother and top lieutenant, Anis Ibrahim, have been fugitives from India since 1993, when D Company was implicated in coordinated bombings in Mumbai that killed more than 200 people, according to US Attorney's affidavit for extradition read out by Moti's barrister Edward Fitzgerald.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said Pakistan's position that Dawood was not present in the country exposed its double standards.
Akbaruddin stressed that terrorism and organized crime are manifestly malicious organisms that derive sustenance from the same mortal swamp.
Sometimes, they coexist; at other times, they cooperate; and sometimes, they converge. As the world becomes more interconnected, these threatening networks are increasingly intertwined, he said.
Terrorist and criminal groups rely on the strategic recourse to the unauthorized and illegitimate use of violence to undermine governance and development, he told UNSC.
Both lead to destabilization of established state structures, which undermines and threatens international peace and security, he said, adding that revenues generated by the illicit activities of terrorist and criminal groups are transferred and exchanged through open networks.
Akbaruddin said that this flow of resources, destined to produce violence and terror, should be stopped by the states that work together.
Interstate collective efforts are required, including at the regional and subregional levels. We must also sensitize the private and public companies involved in the facilitation of legitimate cross-border financial flows and we must take advantage of their support, so that they are not victims of malicious objectives, in the vein of Osama bin Laden's honey retail chain, said , in a reference to the informed use of the network of stores that sold honey to provide funds for the acquisition of drugs and weapons for the terrorist network. .
Akbaruddin also called for normative efforts at the UN to be coordinated through collaboration with other forums, such as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
We believe that the FATF is playing an important role in establishing global standards to prevent and combat money laundering and terrorist financing. The UN needs to increase cooperation with such agencies, said the Indian diplomat.
With the emergence of new technologies and unexplored borders, Akbaruddin said the challenges of the international community to identify new terrorist tendencies, establish links between terrorists and criminal groups and share information more effectively are growing.
Finally, our collective commitment to implement what we agreed upon in this body will be of great help to act as a catalyst in the pursuit of our common good, he said.