New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his wife Mehjabeen Shaikh have reportedly tested positive for the highly contagious coronavirus and have been admitted at the Army hospital in Karachi, CNN News 18 quoted top government sources as saying.

According to the CNN News 18 report, Dawood's personal staff and guards have been quarantined. 

So far, Pakistan has reported 89,249 coronavirus cases in the country and 1,838 deaths. According to Pakistan's Ministry of National Health Service said that 68 patients died in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 1,838, whereas another 31,198 people have recovered.

Dawood Ibrahim, who is believed to be living in Pakistan's Karachi, is the main accused of the 1993 Bombay blasts that claimed the lives of more than 300 people and injured over 1,300. The D-Company boss also carries a reward of USD 25 million on his head for the 1993 Bombay blasts.

Pakistan, however, has denied that Dawood Ibrahim is not in its country.

After the bombings, he reportedly fled to Pakistan and currently stays in Karachi. He was designated as a global terrorist by India and the United States of America in 2003.

Meanwhile, another report suggests that Dawood Ibrahim has joined hands with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and is planning to carry out another attack similar to the 26/11 Mumbai terror strike. The report claims that the two are planning to send weapons to Gujarat and Maharashtra via sea route and looking at the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to target Indian cities.

According to the US, Dawood maintains close links with terror outfit al-Qaeda. As a result, the US declared him a "global terrorist" and pursued the matter before the United Nations in an attempt to freeze his assets across the world and crack down on his operations.

Dawood's aide Moti faces extradition to the US on charges of money laundering, extortion and conspiracy to import unlawful substances such as heroine.

Moti was arrested by Scotland Yard officers from a London hotel in August 2018 in connection with a US grand jury indictment following an extensive FBI investigation.

(With inputs from agencies)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma