Dawood, Bin Laden in Forbes` list of most powerful people

D-Company kingpin Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar and the elusive al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden are among the 3 most wanted criminals who have made it to Forbes` list of 68 people "who matters" in the world.

Boston: D-Company kingpin Dawood Ibrahim
Kaskar and the elusive al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden are
among the 3 most wanted criminals who have made it to
Forbes` list of 68 people "who matters" in the world.

Pointing that "power can be used for good or for ill,"
Forbes said 3 criminals are on its list this year -
al-Qaeda chief bin Laden on rank 57, Joaquin Guzm`n, the
billionaire drug trafficker heading Mexico`s Sinaloav Cartel
at number 60 and Dawood on 63rd position, 13 places down from
last year`s 50th rank.

Son of a police officer, Dawood (54), is the boss of a
Mumbai-based 5,000-member organised crime syndicate D-Company
and a prime suspect in 1993 bomb blasts in the city. He has
been declared a global terrorist by the US, while the UN tried
to freeze his assets.

"US government says he shares smuggling routes with
al-Qaeda and has collaborated with both al-Qaeda and its South
Asian affiliate, Lashkar-e-Taiba, which pulled off the
November 2008 Mumbai attacks, possibly with Ibrahim`s help,"
Forbes said.

D-Company is engaged in crimes such as narcotics trade,
weapon smuggling and contract killing.

A prime suspect in 1993 Mumbai blasts that killed 257
people and wounded 713, Dawood is rumoured to be hiding in
Pakistan and protected by "appearance-altering plastic surgery
and friends in Pakistani intelligence community."

He is also thought to have had a hand in the 2008 terror
attacks that killed 174 people in Mumbai, the report said.

On Bin Laden, Forbes said despite infrequent
communications and persistent rumours of his death, the
53-year old`s "symbolic power" remains undiminished.
"Impressionable youths continue to self-detonate in his name;
casus belli (an act that is used to justify war) of 2 US-led
wars costing over USD one trillion," Forbes added.

Bin Laden had ranked 37th on last year`s Forbes list of
the world`s most powerful people.

PTI

cartel, the largest cocaine supplier to US in industry
estimated by DEA to be worth roughly USD 323 billion a year.

The 55-year old had ranked 41 on the list last year. With
a networth of USD one billion, Guzman had also ranked 937th on
Forbes world`s billionaire list. The US had offered five
million dollars reward for his capture.

This year`s Forbes list of the world`s most powerful
people has been topped by Chinese President Hu Jintao, who
pipped US President Barack Obama to occupy the top spot.

The list also includes Congress President Sonia Gandhi
and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Sonia ranks 9th
while Prime Minister Singh ranks 18th.

PTI

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