Dawood Ibrahim, wife test positive for COVID, brother Anees denies reports

Dawood's brother Anees Ibrahim chose to be silent when questioned about his location

Dawood Ibrahim
Dawood Ibrahim had emerged as India's most wanted terrorist after the 1993 Mumbai bombings | File Photo: PTI

Amidst reports circulating that underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his wife have tested positive for COVID, his brother Anees Ibrahim who controls D-company’s underworld operations and finance has denied such reports.

There were reports earlier including one from a top government source, that India’s most wanted fugitive Dawood Ibrahim and his wife Zubeena Zareen tested positive for coronavirus and were admitted to the Army hospital in Karachi.

Speaking to IANS from an undisclosed location Anees told that though coronavirus was a dreaded epidemic, his brother Dawood and their entire family was not affected by it. In a rare conversation he admitted that he was running business in UAE and Pakistan. “Bhai (Dawood) is fine and Shakeel is also fine. No one has tested positive for coronavirus. No one from our family is admitted in hospital,” said Anees, who chose to be silent when asked about his current location.

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In the brief telephonic conversation Anees admitted D-company running luxury hotels in UAE, big construction projects in Pakistan and other countries. He said “why should we not do it?” when asked about it. He also said that D-company runs a transport business.

Dawood Ibrahim, the mastermind behind 1993 Mumbai serial blasts and accused of several cross-border crimes is India’s most wanted fugitive. He is believed to be residing in Karachi. However, Islamabad has constantly denied his family’s presence in Pakistan. He was branded a global terrorist by India and US in 2003.

Though IANS authenticates its telephonic conversation with Anees Ibrahim, the news agency has no independent source in Karachi to deny or confirm Dawood and his wife’s admission to a Pakistan Army hospital for coronavirus infection.

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