Monday, November 16, 2015

Screening 12,000 Syrian refugees :ASIO, Border Force failed to detect just TWO ISI linked terrorist..& we still do not know Dr Abu Ibrahim's real name

by Ganesh Sahathevan

These two stories taken together show how  Australia's "world's best" security agencies were unable to screen  just two terrorists, despite Peter Dutton and Malcom Turnbull's parrot like repetition of the term "biometric screening" whenever asked how they propose to keep us safe. How then they propose to screen 12,000 Syrian refugees is a mystery.

Meanwhile , we still do not know Grand Mufti Dr Mohamad Abu Ibrahim's real name.Even he will agree that he was not always "Abu Ibrahim",and that any background checks on "Abu Ibrahim" in Egypt  from where he hails,will turn up nothing,as if he never existed.

Dawood's latest, frantic bid to kill Chhota Rajan foiled

, TNN | Jul 2, 2015, 12.58AM IST
Chhota Rajan
Rajan has escaped attempts on his life more than once. 
NEW DELHI: Early this year, Dawood Ibrahim's main man and underworld don Chhota Shakeel had made a "final plan" to eliminate his long-time rival Chhota Rajan. Shakeel, who had unsuccessfully planned hits in the past on Rajan, had even pinpointed the location where the 'Hindu don' was suspected to be.

However, things fortuitously turned in Rajan's favour - he was tipped off about D-Company's plan to bump him off like in Bangkok several years ago. An alarmed Rajan immediately went under the radar.

TOI has access to intercepts which map how close Shakeel had come to fulfilling his bossDawood's wish to kill Rajan and what helped the one-time No.2 in the D-Company survive.

The intercepts showed a surge in calls from Karachi to a particular person in India in April this year. The phone calls were made from a WLL number (00971504******) listed in Nepal.

Intelligence agencies, always on the tail of Dawood's main man, were listening in on conversations being conducted in a mix of Hindi and Urdu. Soon, they were to start seeing the contours of a comprehensive plan, based on Dawood's success in winning over one of Rajan's most trusted aides to snitch on him.

The calls showed an intense effort to cajole Rajan's lieutenant to disclose his boss's whereabouts. "He has been trying to project us in bad light and pretends to be a patriot," Shakeel is heard telling Rajan's aide who was promised a generous reward for ratting.

"Last time, too, he had a narrow escape. You just open up and help us. We will make sure he is taken this time (sic)," Shakeel told Rajan's aide. Continuing with his determined persuasion, Shakeel threw the bait, "The power is this side. He will keep running around. Trust me, if you... you will be taken care of."

The "rat" could not resist the offer for too long, and gave away Rajan's precise location in Newcastle, Australia.

Immediately, a few shooters were dispatched from a Middle-East country to Australia. Shakeel's instruction was cold and crisp: Rajan was to be eliminated at any cost this time.

Unfortunately for him, a mysterious benefactor of Rajan was also keeping tabs on Shakeel's increasingly desperate conversations. Rajan was alerted and he went underground. Within hours, he had left Australia to a location unknown to Shakeel's mole in his camp.

When contacted, sources in Indian intelligence agencies, which tail Dawood and Shakeel, refused to say anything beyond confirming that D-Company had planned a meticulous hit on Rajan in Australia but failed to get the target. "Shakeel's plan was eventually unsuccessful," a source said.

Rajan has slowed down with age and no longer resembles the threat he posed to Dawood immediately after splitting with him. But the plot underlined D-Company's seething anger against him, as well as the determination to eliminate him.

Rajan has escaped attempts on his life more than once. In 2000, Dawood's men had almost succeeded when they cornered him in a crowded Bangkok market. Dawood's men fired at him. Rajan sustained multiple bullet injuries and could not recuperate fully. He had since been living behind a cordon that he had created and considered impregnable until April when Shakeel breached it by bribing one of his confidants.

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Lashkar takes over D-Company
28 Mar 2008, 0031 hrs IST, S Balakrishnan, TNN

MUMBAI: 'D-Company' is now officially part of the Lashkar-e-Toiba's terror network, with Pakistan's notorious Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) getting Dawood Ibrahim to merge his gang with the fundamentalist terror organisation as part of a gameplan to crank up its anti-India campaign.

Sources in Indian agencies tracking ISI's moves confirmed the coming together of the two outfits and the danger that it poses to India.

"The underworld gang and the Lashkar jihadis have been knocked into a single entity and this has serious implications for India's internal security," a senior intelligence official told TOI on Thursday.

ISI's links with D-Company are old, going back to 1993 when Pakistan's external intelligence agency used Dawood and his henchmen to execute the March 12 terror attack on Mumbai in what marked the first instance anywhere of serial bombings. (TOI was the first to report the detention of Dawood, Chhota Shakeel and Tiger Memon by Pakistani authorities).

There has since been a shift in the dynamics of ISI-Dawood equations, reducing D-Company from being a useful ally to a group of individuals dependent on ISI to escape international law agencies.

Following the Mumbai blasts, Dawood along with his accomplices Chhota Shakeel and Tiger Memon fled to Pakistan. Pakistan has since shielded them from India and the new anti-terrorism sensitivities post-9/11 which saw Dawood being branded a global terrorist by the US.

But the hospitality has a tag attached to it: complete dependence for survival on ISI, which does not mind displaying its leverage vis-a-vis the once ruthless gang.

The merger will, inevitably, transform the character of Dawood's gang, which did not display any communal tendency before the serial bombings aimed against members of a particular community.

In fact, many of their business partners were non-Muslims like Raj Shetty. Chhota Rajan was also a senior member of the gang before splitting in protest against the serial blasts triggered by Dawood, Shakeel and the Memons.

"The serial blasts were essentially a retaliation for the January 1993 communal riots. But now there is a qualitative change with D-Company becoming part of a jihadi organisation like the LeT. Earlier, this gang's members were not religiously indoctrinated, but now they are. The motivation now is not money, but religion," a senior official said.

The joining of ranks with Lashkar, one of the most dangerous terrorist outfits which treats "liberation" of large tracts of India from "Hindu domination" as its religious obligation, can help ISI to further its subversive agenda.

Stints with Lashkar camps can morph Dawood's band of urban gangsters into well-armed and jihad-driven terrorists.

On the other hand, Lashkar benefits immensely from collaboration with D-Company which continues to attract recruits and has acquired financial muscle by venturing into mainstream commercial enterprises without letting go of its original money spinner, smuggling.
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'ISI reach will expand with D-Company merger'
28 Mar 2008, 0217 hrs IST, S Balakrishnan, TNN

MUMBAI: The merger of Dawood Ibrahim's gang with the Lashkar-e-Toiba at the behest of Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) has Indian security agencies worried since the underworld gang will expand the ISI's reach in the country.

"Many members of Dawood's gang have been indoctrinated and trained in the use of weapons in the Bahawalpur centre of the LeT near Lahore. Funds are being raised by investments in real estate and SRA projects in Mumbai and through smuggling of diesel and other essential commodities through the western coast spanning from Raigad to Mangalore along the Arabian Sea. We have warned Delhi about the smuggling being carried out by the Dawood gang with impunity," a security official said.

Asked why the ISI had roped in the D-Company in LeT activities, the official said, "The underworld's penetration in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu is very deep.

By synergizing the D-gang with the LeT, the ISI's reach has increased manifold. An outfit like the Students' Islamic Movement of India could not have provided the kind of reach which Dawood's gang can provide."

Government sources brushed aside the hope in certain quarters that the installation of a democratically-elected government in Pakistan would result in a decrease in LeT inspired violence since the ISI, which is heavily infiltrated by fundamentalist elements, is known to pursue its own agenda.
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