The Hush Post|9:17 pm|one-minute-read|
The much-hyped ‘Mika Singh Night’ at the plush Karachi bungalow of billionaire businessman Adnan Asad on August 8 had VIP guests who reportedly included family members of India’s most wanted fugitive Dawood Ibrahim, who operates from Pakistan.
Asad, a cousin of former Pakistan dictator, Gen Pervez Musharaf, had hosted ‘Mika Singh Night’ on occasion of the ‘Mehndi’ ceremony of his daughter Scellina, at 23, Beach Avenue, Phase VIII of Defence House Authority (DHA). This place is not very far from where D-company members Anees Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel reside in Karachi.
A senior journalist associated with a leading Karachi daily told IANS that Asad, a small-time tissue paper manufacturer, rose to become a prominent industrialist of Karachi, during his cousin, Gen Musharraf’s tenure. Asad is very close to top erstwhile cricketers which include now Prime Minister Imran Khan, Javed Miandad and Zaheer Abbas.
The journalist acknowledged Miandad’s relations with Dawood Ibrahim but avoided answering any further queries related to whereabouts of D-Company boss or his nexus with the Pakistan establishment.
Owner of the multi-billion Venus Group, Asad’s Facebook profile boasts of his closeness with star cricketers and army top brass.
Former chief of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Ahmed Shuja Pasha also happens to be on his selective friend list. During Pasha’s time as head of the spy agency, ISI-backed Lashkar-e-Taiba carried out the 26/11 Mumbai attack in 2008 in which 174 people, including foreign citizens, were killed and over 300 injured.
About presence of Dawood’s daughter and his other family members at ‘Mika Night’, IANS reportedly tried to contact Asad on his landline number in Karachi, but the person receiving the call refused to pass any information.
Indian intelligence sources in New Delhi did confirm Asad’s association with Pakistan army officers and cricketers including Miandad but had no clue about his proximity with Dawood’s family members.
The Mika night in Karachi went viral on social media on Saturday when some guests leaked video clips on Twitter. On both sides of the border, critics disapproved the entertainment spectacle amid escalating tension between the two countries.