Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
According to Indian news agency IANS, intelligence agencies in that country currently are probing a deep-rooted nexus involving underworld mafia don and notorious terrorist Dawood Ibrahim and a London-based fugitive sacked officer of Bangladesh Army named Md. Shahid Uddin Khan.
The news agency claims that Indian intelligence agencies suspect that Md. Shahid Uddin Khan, who is involved in gun running, trafficking in narcotics and money laundering has links with Dawood Ibrahim’s underworld activities operating from India’s northeastern borders.
What prompted the intelligence agencies to probe the nexus between Dawood and the Bangladeshi army officer was reports published in Blitz and leading British daily recently.
On May 25, British newspaper The Sunday Times, in an exclusive report, revealed that a former Colonel Md Shahid Uddin Khan had been charged with funding terror groups, arms dealing and money laundering offenses in Bangladesh. According to the British newspaper, the former Colonel has political links in Britain and had funded Stephen Hammonds, a Tory Party MP.
Sources told IANS that the sacked Bangladeshi Colonel Md. Shahid Uddin Khan migrated to London in 2009 under mysterious circumstances along with his wife Farjana Anjum and daughters named Shehtaz Munasi Khan, Parisa Pinaz Khan and Zumana Fiza Khan. Members of this family are having business operations in Dubai as well as in Britain. As per the latest dossier on the Dawood Ibrahim gang, the D company is involved in smuggling counterfeit Indian Currency Notes (FICN) and contraband narcotics. The illegal activities are being operated from Nepal and Bangladesh.
Recently the role of a Pakistan Embassy official in Nepal had come to light in connection with a huge seizure of FICN at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Dawood Ibrahim’s associate Yunus Ansari and three Pakistani nationals were arrested by the Nepal Police in the FICN racket busted on a tip-off by Indian agencies.
Sources said that as of now Indian intelligence agencies were probing the nexus between D company and the sacked Bangladeshi Colonel relating to fake currency and arms dealing.
One of the houses of the sacked Bangladeshi Colonel in Dhaka was raided in January 2019 by the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of the Bangladesh police. Incriminating documents have been found from ex-Colonel’s place in the raids.
Indian news agency IANS made several attempts to approach Md Shahid Uddin in London but could not make contact with him till the filing of the story.
It may be mentioned here that, ever since Blitz started exposing the notorious activities of Md. Shahid Uddin Khan and his family, they are trying to hide from the media, while few of their hired writers are engaged in spreading false stories against Bangladesh with the ulterior agenda of defaming the country’s image.
On the other hand, British journalist Tom Harper, the Home Affairs correspondent for The Sunday Times, who exposed the role of the colonel in his exclusive story, has said in one of his tweets that former Colonel (Md Shahid Uddin) Khan had bought two houses with alleged laundered money, was charged after counter-terror police found arms, fake currency and Jihadist material from his home in Bangladesh.
Dealing in counterfeit Indian currency
Md. Shahid Uddin Khan started dealing in counterfeit Indian currency since 2008. He has been using cross-border smuggling racket in shipping consignments of counterfeit currency into India. According to information, in Pakistan, counterfeit Indian currency is printed in a secret printing press inside mountainous area Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Another source said Indian counterfeit currency is printed by the Pakistani security printing press under the direct supervision of its spy agency Inter Service Intelligence (ISI). Each time, they print at least 1-2 billion pieces of counterfeit bills of 500 and 1000 denomination. Once printed, these consignments are shipped into Nepal and Bangladesh in particular as well as Jammu and Kashmir area mostly through baggage of passengers, while in the recent years, Pakistani ISI carries the consignment into deep sea area within Bangladesh-India maritime area. Then these consignments are unloaded onto fishing boats, which carry it to the seashores.
On arrival of the consignments, these were handed over to representatives Md. Shahid Uddin Khan by a Bangladeshi named Humayun, while in some cases, few Pakistani nationals had also undertaken this handling over tasks.
On receipt of the consignments, Khan was sending it to his contacts within the cross-border smuggling racket. In most cases, these consignments were carried in Shahid Uddin Khan’s Toyota Prado SUV (black color). Each time he was sending counterfeit currency worth in between 100-300 million rupees.
It is also learnt that Shahid Uddin Khan was getting 35 percent commission on the gross amount of sale proceeds.
Dealing in arms and narcotics
According to credible sources, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan had joined hands with notorious terrorist Dawood Ibrahim’s infamous D-Company in 2009 and since then he also has been actively collaborating in transnational money laundering, arms, and narcotics trafficking. Khan and his wife Farjana Anjum and daughter Parisa Pinaz Khan are playing a key role in this illegal activity, while their eldest daughter Shehtaz Munasi Khan, who is a barrister in London has been looking after correspondences.
Parisa has been maintaining deeper relations with one of Dawood’s man named Faysal, who lives in the United Arab Emirates.
Khan’s daughter in India
Md. Shahid Uddin Khan’s second daughter, Parisa Pinaz Khan visited India last year to coordinate with the circulation of counterfeit Indian currency through their own network. During her visit, Parisa also met several members of West Bengal-based jihadist outfits including Salauddin, the fugitive kingpin of banned terror outfit Jamaatul Mujahedin Bangladesh (JMB).
According to credible sources, Parisa Pinaz Khan also visited Russia where she had secret meetings with some dubious individuals.
Interpol Red Notice
On June 20, 2019, Interpol has issued Red Notice on Md. Shahid Uddin Khan, Farjana Anjum, Shehtaz Munasi Khan, and Parisa Pinaz Khan.
Khan has formed another ISIS in Britain
Sitting in the United Kingdom, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan has formed an organization named ‘Astha’ (Faith) with the agenda of unseating the democratically elected government in Bangladesh and enforce Sharia rule. With a similar agenda, he also has appointed representatives of Astha in the United States, Bangladesh, India, and Bahrain.
In the United States, Khan’s long-time accomplice M. Sajjad Hossain, Nahida Parvin Neeru, and Asif Hossain are coordinating activities of Astha, while in Bahrain, a woman named Zarah Shahid Khan has also been vigorously pushing forward activities of this organization. According to information, she had obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from the North South University (NSU) in Bangladesh. A large number of students of NSU are accused of terror connections.
In her social media profile, Zarah Shahid Khan claims to be living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia while she also claims to be the Business Development Analyst (Intern) at Al Noor International School, Madinat Hamad, Ar Rifa’Wa Al Mintaqah Al Janubiah, Bahrain.
According to information, Al Noor International School is a private school in Bahrain on September 6, 1993, by private investors. The school teaches more than 5000 students in Bahrain. It started with a program of classes for primary levels in the district of Mahooz, prior to its relocation to the island of Sitra. Currently, it houses the educational needs of children from more than 43 countries and follows a curricular program made up of three types: British, Bahraini and Indian. It is one of the most intensive schools in Bahrain, with students’ academic performance in the top 10 percent of the country, and alumni all over the world.
Zarah Shahid Khan has been enthusiastically making extremely supportive comments in all of the social media accounts of Md. Shahid Uddin Khan’s family members.
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is the Editor of Blitz. Follow him on Twitter at Salah_Shoaib