http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...-his-succession-plan/articleshow/50307378.cms Fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim, once the ruling deity of Mumbai's underworld, has decided to call it a day. Dawood, who is currently based out of Karachi in Pakistan and is protected by the country's security forces round-the-clock, is likely to be succeeded by one of his brothers and Anees Ahmed is the front-runner. Sources said Dawood's trusted lieutenant Chhota Shakeel - often referred to as the gang CEO - will mostly likely retain his position. Till Wednesday evening though there was no official word on the D-Company heir apparent and many people in Mumbai, usually well informed on developments in the gang, said they had heard nothing about Bhai stepping down. Word from Karachi, however, is that the name will be declared at an opulent birthday celebration on Saturday, when Dawood turns 60. The venue of the birthday celebrations is a closely guarded secret. Even those who have received the invite have not yet been told about the venue. All they have been informed about is their hotel reservations and that they will be picked up just minutes before the celebration and taken to the party. Dawood has decided that his failing health will not allow him to helm D-company's $10 billion multinational empire of drugs, betting, hawala, and arms smuggling. The gangster is likely to remain active in the gang for at least couple of years more and help in the transition. After the death of his brother Noorul Haq alias Noora and deportation of Iqbal Kaskar from Dubai, Dawood now has three brothers living with him - Anees, Humayun and Mustaqeem. Humayun and Mustaqeem are not very active in the gang's activities. Mustaqeem, in fact, suffers from a chronic ailment which keeps him confined to home. This leaves the deck clear for Anees, who, along with Shakeel, runs the gang's day-to-day operations. Since Chhota Rajan split from D-company in 1994, Shakeel has been Dawood's closest aide. However, mafia families are as parochial and clannish as politicians, preferring pedigree over talent and loyalty. Aware of the gang's family dynamics, Shakeel is unlikely to block Anees's elevation. A doting father, Dawood is known to consult his two grown-up children Mahrukh and Moin. Mahrukh, married to Junaid Miandad, son of Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad; and Moin, a devout Muslim, are believed to have convinced Dawood to cut his workload. The two have also been at the forefront of Dawood's attempts to go legitimate. Dawood's wife Mehjabeen too has been putting pressure on him to turn a new leaf. Dawood also did not want to leave his huge ill-gotten fortune to become a source of contention and endless dispute among his family members including his brothers, their children and his own. Dawood felt the need to preempt any discord and heartburn as it seemed only pragmatic to clearly earmark and allocate the businesses and properties before the inevitable happen, claimed his relatives based in Mumbai. The Mumbai police and central agencies are keeping a watch on those invited to Saturday's bash in Karachi. The agencies already have in their possession a list of 35 invitees from the United Arab Emirates, including some members of the royal family and influential diplomats. When this correspondent called some of D-company members in Dubai and Karachi, they expressed their unawareness about Dawood's plans to retire. "What we know about is the family's plans to feed 10000 orphans and distribute clothes to poor. We have no idea about any succession plan," said a Karachi-based family friend of Dawood. Some were also skeptical about any such an announcement, arguing that Dawood would not like to relinquish the gang's control just as yet. Nevertheless, clandestine parties and mehfils are slyly planned in various places in south Mumbai, and other predominantly Muslim localities as also in Dubai to mark the celebrations which the Crime Branch of the Mumbai police claimed are under quiet surveillance. "We are definitely watchful of such parties and celebrations and discreetly observing all such men," said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime Branch, Dhananjay Kulkarni: "Nothing will escape our attention." Dawood who had already become a devout Muslim since last several years is likely to visit Mecca after the birthday celebrations and spend more time involved in religious activities.