Dawood Ibrahim ‘Ill-Health’ Canard?

Is Pakistan spreading a canard about the ‘failing health’ of international terrorist Dawood Ibrahim?

Is the world’s only state with official machinery supporting and exporting terrorism attempting to wriggle out of the tight Dawood corner?

Has some poison been injected into the terrorist to make his death look natural and thus wriggle out of the issue of handing over the fugitive to India once and for all?

Or is the tale a plain lie?


Is the unconfirmed tale of Dawood’s life-threatening illness a bargaining chip during the ongoing tête-tête between Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry and his Indian counterpart Jaishankar?

A CNN-IBN report says Dawood [believed to be in Pakistan] has only a few months to live due to life threatening wet gangrene.

The audio of a Dawood aide [supposed to be Chota Shakeel] flatly denied the report.

Is Pakistan creating  yet another diversionary tactic to author a veneer about the revived status of the Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue [CBD] between New Delhi and Islamabad?

Here are the points that place several question marks in what could be yet another Paki shenanigan:


Gangrene does not occur suddenly and is certainly not [repeat not] a life-threatening malady.

Wet gangrene is caused by untreated diabetes or long term tobacco abuse when blood-flow is blocked in veins and/or arteries. The result is a stagnation of bacterially infected plasma. The emission of a putrid smell is the surest sign of danger. Usually, it occurs in lower limbs. To save the patient’s life, emergency salvage amputation – guillotine type – in the worst case scenario – is done. Later, the amputation can be ‘formalised’ in the same operation theatre. Supply of a prosthetic limb would ensure the patient’s return to ‘near normalcy’.


Dawood is believed to live in ultimate luxury in Karachi – a modern Pakistani city.

He is under Pakistani military protection – 24/7/365.

Expecting such a person’s health to suddenly deteriorate – that too due to diabetic complications – is simply unbelievable.


Operative paragraphs from my blog published on March 21 2016.

In October last year, Pakistan’s top diplomat in India claimed Dawood Ibrahim wasn’t in Pakistan.

In August 2013, during the release of his book – Cricket Cauldron: The Turbulent Politics of Sport in Pakistan – Shahryar Khan was quoted as saying thus:

Dawood [Ibrahim] was in Pakistan but I believe he was chased out of Pakistan. If he is in Pakistan, he should be hounded and arrested. We cannot allow such gangsters to operate from the country.

I think he is in the UAE. The Nawaz Sharif government is very much in favour of taking action against criminals who not only affect Pakistan but also any other country, whether it is India or Afghanistan or wherever. We cannot allow criminals to flourish in the country.

Pakistan has been in favour of discussions with the Taliban of the more moderate ilk. But a large number are not moderate. Pakistan remains inclined to talk only to the reasonable ones.

Shahryar issued a ‘clarification’ in the Pakistani media – almost immediately.

“I was asked a question about Dawood Ibrahim and I said only what has been already reported. They (media) twisted my statement. I have never, not in the past as foreign secretary, not now, have known where Mr Ibrahim lives. I was only reflecting what the Pakistani press has been saying. I have no knowledge nor is it my remit,” he had told an Indian TV as the controversy erupted.

Shahryar Khan is a former foreign secretary of Pakistan who also was and is a cricket administrator.


Dawood’s gang-members control a vast swathe of India’s financial capital – Mumbai. The matter is in public domain and was reported in these columns two months ago. A detailed dossier was sent to the PMO. Its only result was that a stupid attempt was made by corrupt sections of Mumbai police to accord protection to this writer – which was turned down with the contempt it deserved.

Will someone tell the truth please?

The world at large is watching these developments with bated breath. The evidence:

India 2096
United States 623
United Kingdom 125
United Arab Emirates 56
Singapore 45
Australia 42
Canada 41
France 29
Oman 23
Germany 20
Saudi Arabia 12
South Africa 10
Turkey 9
Pakistan 9
Qatar 9
Switzerland 8
Malaysia 7
Thailand 7
Netherlands 7
Spain 6
Norway 5
Kuwait 5
Poland 4
Philippines 4
Israel 4
Russia 4
Taiwan 4
European Union 3
Ireland 3
Denmark 2
Botswana 2
Nigeria 2
Greece 2
New Zealand 2
Japan 2
Sweden 2
Indonesia 2
Cyprus 1
Croatia 1
Ghana 1
South Korea 1
Sri Lanka 1
Bahrain 1
Macau SAR China 1
Brazil 1
Macedonia 1
Timor-Leste 1
Italy 1
Martinique 1
Venezuela 1
Finland 1
Hong Kong SAR China 1
Maldives 1
Seychelles 1
Nepal 1

Author: haritsv

42 years' unblemished record of being an investigative journalist. Print quality journalist in 3 languages - English, Tamil, Hindi. Widely travelled, worldwide. Cantankerous and completely honest.

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