New Delhi: Intelligence agencies, along with the Mumbai police, are reportedly gathering information on underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s properties in the United States. The information would be collated into a report to be submitted to the Home Ministry. The report would also contain information on Dawood’s businesses, his aides and their addresses and bank accounts, said media reports on Friday. This would help India tighten the noose around Dawood’s neck with US’ help. (Also read: India, US Ink Key Defence Pact)
The Home Ministry will share this report with the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Defence. The British government has confiscated many properties of Dawood in London. During the 2+2 talks, India and the United States have discussed defence ties and counter-terrorism cooperation. The joint statement issued later referred to the attacks in Mumbai, Pathankot and Uri and called on Pakistan to ensure that the territory under its control was not used to launch strikes against other countries. The joint statement welcomed strengthening cooperation and action against terror outfits Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Laskhar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Hizbul Mujahideen, the Haqqani Network, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, D-Company and their affiliates.
India and the US also inked a pact which will allow India to obtain critical and encrypted defence technologies from the US. They also decided to undertake a tri-services exercises in the eastern coast, besides taking steps forward on civil nuclear cooperation. During the meetings between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Defence Secretary James Mattis, the two countries also decided to set up hotlines.