To check the machinations of the dreaded underworld mafia don Dawood Ibrahim, United Arab Emirates (UAE) has assured India that it will not allow any underworld activity in its territory that threatens India and will act to enforce the law on the basis of actionable intelligence from the largest democracy of the world, reported Hindustan Times.
The latest assurance from the UAE has come following close cooperation between intelligence agencies of the two countries. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India is also expected to visit UAE in the first quarter of 2018 to boost the bilateral relations of both the countries.
Reliable sources point out that Dawood Ibrahim is frequently moved by Pakistani intelligence to keep him safe. D-company, the name of the gang’s unit, is still a force to be reckoned with in Mumbai, where extortion is its main line of work and it is involved in the real estate business in the UAE through proxies.
Though Indian diplomatic sources are not saying anything on the enhanced security cooperation between India and the UAE, but they agree that relationship between the two countries have considerably boosted following PM Modi’s visit to Abu Dhabi in 2015 and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al- Nahyan’s visit to India this year as chief guest during the Republic Day.
A senior diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, “There is no secret memorandum of understanding between the two countries but a robust security relationship between security agencies of both sides. The information exchange varies from who among the Indian diaspora in West Asia joined the so-called Islamic State to the activities of Indian underworld/terror fugitives based in Pakistan.”
Meanwhile, India and the UAE are also closely cooperating to counter religious radicalisation and violent extremism with the Hedayah Centre in Abu Dhabi at the forefront of this activity.
The two countries are also establishing a joint cyber-security centre in India with the aim of leveraging technology in the fight against terrorism, radical extremism, and underworld activities in the region.