Mehjabeen Shaikh, Dawood Ibrahim's wife, inadvertantly let slip to an Indian TV channel that the gangster was indeed living in Karachi, peacefully though the Pakistani government had repeatedly denied reports of sheltering him
This is the conversation that the Times Now channel played out.
"Am I speaking to Mehjabeen Sheikh?" the reporter asked.
"Yes", the woman confirmed.
"Are you talking from Karachi?"
"Can I speak to Dawood?"
"He's sleeping," Shaikh said before hanging up.
By the time a second reporter called the number, another woman who answered the phone was cautious and asked her to call back later without confirming if it was the residence of Dawood.
Pakistan has repeatedly denied that it has sheltered the underworld don, wanted in India for orchestrating the 1993 bomb blasts that killed 257 people in Mumbai. Even in May this year, Pakistan High Commissioner, Abdul Basit, said the dreaded gangster "was not in Pakistan", when Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament that India knew about Dawood's whereabouts.
Times Now reported that according to details of bills available with Indian security agencies, the phone was installed in 2006.
An exclusive report in the Hindustan Times today exposed several discrepancies in the Pakistani narrative.
The HT report, quoting intelligence inputs, stated that Dawood, his wife Mehjabeen Shaikh, son Moeen Nawaz and daughters Mahrukh, Mehreen and Mazia are living in the upscale Clifton neighborhood of Pakistan's Karachi. Dawood's daughter Mahrukh is married to Junaid, son of former Pakistan cricket captain Javed Miandad.
Indian intelligence agencies have an April 2015 telephone bill in the name of Dawood's wife Mehjabeen with D-13, Block-4, Karachi Development Authority, Sch-5, Clifton, as the address, according to the report. Dawood has three Pakistani passports and two more residential addresses in Karachi.
Dawood's family members have travelled to Dubai in January this year. According to the image that HT published of Dawood's Pakistani passport photo, the 59-year-old crime syndicate chief is now cleanshaven, has a receding hairline and has not had plastic surgery done on his face.
Sleuths also have his passport numbers, flight and passenger details.
"Pakistan's Dawood lie is also nailed from the fact that the mafia don's close associates like Jabir Saddiq, Jawaid Chotani and Mumbai blasts accused Javed Patel a.k.a Chikna are also based in Pakistan and are frequent visitors to Dubai. There are flight details to show that Saddiq travelled to Dubai from Karachi on July 20, 2015 and returned four days later," Shishir Gupta wrote in the report for HT.
Now, if they meet on Monday, Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will confront his counterpart Sartaj Aziz with the documentary evidence, the report said.