MUMBAI: Sohail Kaskar, the nephew of Dawood Ibrahim, who was likely to be deported to India from the US, has managed to escape to Pakistan via Dubai, senior police officers told TOI. Sources said that 41-year-old Sohail’s landing in Pakistan is a major blow to the Indian government’s efforts in bringing him to India. Sohail is the son of Dawood’s late brother Noora who died in 2010 due to kidney failure in Pakistan.
In October 2018, the US authorities had alerted the Indian government that Sohail, an Indian national (his passport has been issued from Mumbai), has completed his jail term in the US and was a free bird. Police said that a person arrested in any country for any crime, after completion of his punishment, is deported to his country of origin. India was trying to extradite him through the mutual legal assistance treaty between India and the US. The security agencies recently learnt from intelligence sources that Sohail has reached Pakistan.
Sohail Kaskar was arrested along with three others in 2014 by the US Drug Enforcement Administration for conspiring to commit narco-terrorism, provide material support to a foreign terrorist organisation.
The trio was arrested in Spain in June 2014 on the request of the US government. After their extradition to the US, they were taken into custody by the DEA’s New York Organised Crime Drug Enforcement Strike Force.
A police source said, “Sohail is currently in Pakistan. India had tried to get him to the country, but he managed to escape. Dawood has reportedly taken shelter in Pakistan and is used by the ISI (Pakistan’s intelligence agency) for pursuing its anti-India agenda. The presence of Dawood in Pakistan and the protection he enjoys is believed to be the reason why Sohail chose to escape to that country, an officer said.
Dawood used to shuttle between Karachi and Dubai. But his options shrank after the US designated him a global terrorist because of the D Company emerging as an important cog in the global narco-terror enterprise.