United Nations: India' s most-wanted Dawood Ibrahim does live in Pakistan's Karachi, a United Nations committee has endorsed, by accepting six of the nine addresses that New Delhi had submitted as the terrorist's hideouts in that country.
In a validation of India's stand that the man it has hunted for over two decades has been shielded by Islamabad, the UN Security Council's ISIL and al Qaeda Sanctions Committee has amended its entry on Dawood by adding these addresses.
The committee, however, has struck off three addresses saying they are incorrect. One of them, sources say, belongs to Islamabad's envoy to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi.
Pakistan, which had all along denied that Dawood is hiding in Karachi, has issued yet another denial. The Pakistan Foreign Office has issued a statement saying the information given by India to the UN committee is false and that India's aim is to malign Pakistan and undermine its efforts to curb terrorism.
The 59-year-old mafia don is accused of plotting the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai in which 257 people were killed and 700 were injured. He is also accused of masterminding other terror attacks and faces multiple charges of money laundering and extortion. India and the US also accuse Dawood of financing terror groups including al Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Taiba.
India's dossier was meant to be shared by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval with his Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz last year, but their meeting was cancelled over Islamabad insisting on meeting with Kashmiri separatists.
The document says: "Dawood is known to frequently change his locations and addresses in Pakistan. He has amassed immense property in Pakistan and moves under the protection of Pakistani agencies."
Dawood was listed by the sanctions committee in 2003 and the entry has been amended in 2006, 2007 and 2010. The latest changes were made this week.
As a UN-designated terrorist, Dawood can face the blocking of his wealth and accounts, a travel and arms ban.
Last week, Dawood joined his family via Skype in the celebrations of the wedding of his nephew to the daughter of a Mumbai businessman. His nephew Alishah Parkar, is the son of the gangster's sister, Haseena Parkar, who died two years ago and was a senior member of his mafia.