Indian papers pointed out, via the Guardian, that ex-Mumbai gangster Dawood Ibrahim -- frequently seen, and even televised, in Pakistan -- is now number two on Forbes Magazine's Most Wanted list following the death of Osama bin Laden, except the Indian rags blur the lines on which list they're actually talking about.... Are they talking about the Forbes Most Wanted? Or the Guardian Most Wanted? Or did somebody screw up?
In naming Ibrahim its second most wanted criminal, the Guardian rightly points out (in its list) that the most wanted man in India heads up a 5,000-strong organised crime network called the D-Company that is involved in everything from drugs trafficking to contract killing in Pakistan, India and the UAE. Currently on the Interpol wanted list for organised crime and counterfeiting, besides association with al-Qaida. According to Washington, Ibrahim uses the same smuggling routes as al-Qaida and has worked with both the mother organisation and its offshoot Lashkar-e-Taiba, responsible for the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. He is also suspected in the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people and wounded 713. Like Bin Laden, Ibrahim may well be based in Pakistan.
But even though it's been suggested that Ibrahim's network was involved in the killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, Ibrahim still doesn't merit inclusion among the FBI's top 10 most wanted criminals or top 10 most wanted terrorists, according to the bureau's web site. And where's Hafiz Saeed, the man India says runs Lashkar-e-Toiba, the organization tipped to replace Al Qaeda as the world's most dangerous terrorist network? He's roaming free--feted for his charity work--in Pakistan, writes India's Mail Today newspaper, even holding a prayer meeting in Osama's memory.
Meanwhile, Manmohan Singh is still looking for his peace fix, the paper says under the headline, "Osama bin Laden's killing exposes Pakistan, but can't wake up naive India":
Government sources on Wednesday ruled out any change in the current policy that has decided to engage Islamabad. "Osama's killing will not change the universe of the discourse between India and Pakistan. Talks with Pakistan will continue... They have serious problems within that country at the moment confronting the monster that they have played a role in creating....but we have to engage them on the issues of normalisation, whether it comes to trade, humanitarian exchange, prisoners, cross-LoC trade in Jammu and Kashmir," a senior source explained, in the first briefing on the government's assessment after Osama's death.