“Where you stand is determined by where you sit,” remarked Congress MP Shashi Tharoor recently, in a reference to the changing positions of political parties when in and out of power.

That Dawood Ibrahim has lived a luxurious life in Pakistan for over two decades has always been that country’s worst-kept secret as I discovered many years ago. It was a convivial evening in Karachi’s upscale Clifton area. I was covering the 1997 India-Pak one-day cricket series, the first in Pakistan in almost a decade, and had been invited to a dinner by a fellow journalist. While comparing the relative merits of the cover drive of a Saeed Anwar and Sourav Ganguly, I slipped in the dreaded ‘D’ word. “So, I am told that Dawood Ibrahim lives in this same neighbourhood,” I asked innocently.

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