When Mahrukh Ibrahim, 20, and Junaid Miandad, 22, tie the knot in Karachi this week, senior members of the intelligence communities in Washington, New Delhi and Islamabad will be keeping a close watch. Security analysts fear the wedding bells could harm the fragile peace process that is under way between the South Asian nuclear neighbours and even strain Pakistan's relations with the United States. The edginess stems from the fact that the bride's father is Indian-born Dawood Ibrahim. Labelled a global terrorist with al-Qaeda links by the US Treasury Department in September 2003, a US notice accused the alleged underworld boss of smuggling narcotics to the west and sharing the spoils of his crime network in Asia and Africa with al-Qaeda. The US also identified Ibrahim as a resident of violence-prone Karachi and listed his address, telephone numbers and Pakistani passport details. But that's not all. He is India's most-wanted man. New Delhi accuses him of masterminding a series of bombings in Mumbai that killed 300 people in March 1993 in an act of revenge for the massacre of Muslims in India's financial capital earlier that year. Indian authorities say he escaped to Dubai after planning one of the world's worst urban terror attacks at the behest of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). According to them, Ibrahim quietly shifted to Karachi with his family and key associates a few years later when India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed an extradition treaty. Since then, repeated Indian pleas to deport him to stand trial have been brushed aside by Pakistan. There is no extradition treaty between the two countries. Moreover, the rivals are notorious for harbouring criminals from the other side. Pakistan flatly denies Ibrahim lives in the country. It has also rubbished the US Treasury Department notice. Dismissing incriminating details about Ibrahim as fake and non-existent, it insists that the notice 'portraying Dawood as a terror ringleader under Pakistan's protection is merely to oblige India'. But if Washington and New Delhi are to be believed, Ibrahim today lives in Pakistan in style. Indian officials claim that he has not only acquired Pakistani nationality but is a prized ISI asset, guarded as a VIP by security agencies. And now, his daughter is all set to marry the son of high-profile Karachi resident Javed Miandad. As a former captain of the Pakistani cricket team, Miandad is known across the cricket-crazy nation. He is also a household name in India - the country against which he has played some of his most memorable innings. But as one Indian official put it: 'It is very frustrating to know that the man we want so badly will be present at the marriage and there is nothing we can do about it. We hear all kinds of rumours - that Dawood may not actually attend the ceremony, that he may bless the couple over the internet, and that even if he comes, his presence will be low-key.' It is an arranged marriage in South Asian tradition, although Mahrukh and Junaid reportedly first met at Oxford where both are believed to be pursuing their studies. The proposal for the alliance was mooted by Ibrahim's wife, Mehjabeen, to the cricketer's wife, Tahira. Apparently, the matrimonial offer was welcomed enthusiastically. Obviously, there is no word from Ibrahim. But Miandad has confirmed that the marriage will take place on Saturday. The former batsman said: 'It's the will of Allah. As good Muslims, we don't question destiny. What is willed to happen will happen.' Asked how he would react if he is refused a visa in future for forging such close links with India's most-wanted man, Miandad replied: 'I don't care. I'm pretty happy living in Pakistan.' Indian TV channels regularly invite him as an expert for live cricket telecasts. Miandad refuses to divulge where the marriage will take place. But media reports say the grand ceremony will be held in Karachi and Dubai, where Ibrahim once lived after fleeing India. By all accounts, the ISI has ordered Ibrahim to lie low because any photographic evidence of his presence in Pakistan would be a major embarrassment for President Pervez Musharraf, who has repeatedly declared he is not in Pakistan. Therefore, Ibrahim will not turn up at the wedding reception, which will be a big affair under the media's glare. But he is definitely going to come to the private Islamic nikah, the religious ceremony where marriage vows are exchanged in the presence of family and priests. There are reports the nikah might take place in Mecca, Islam's holiest city, if the Saudi government promises not to hand Ibrahim over to US authorities. Analysts say the impending high-profile marriage has caught Islamabad on the wrong foot by suddenly rekindling American and Indian interest in the man allegedly shielded by the Pakistani establishment. Even before Ibrahim was branded a Pakistan-based terrorist by the US, Islamabad squirmed with embarrassment when two Pakistani magazines, Herald and Newsline, published photographs of his Karachi mansion and the tombstone of one of his daughters in a Karachi shrine. Two years ago, the Herald quoted Aftab Sheikh, an adviser to the home ministry of Sindh - Karachi is the capital of Sindh province - saying that Ibrahim was running a crime syndicate in the port city. Islamabad distanced itself from Mr Sheikh's disclosure, claiming it had no idea of Ibrahim's whereabouts. But the Herald wrote that Mr Sheikh's statement 'flies in the face of Pervez Musharraf's categorical statement at Agra [in mid-2001] that the man accused of engineering the 1993 Mumbai blasts was not hiding in Pakistan'. Ibrahim topped a list of 20 men India demanded Pakistan hand over after the 2001 attack on the Indian parliament, which New Delhi said was carried out by Pakistan-backed Islamic militants. Last month, Ibrahim's alleged involvement in the affairs of Jet Airways, India's biggest domestic carrier, aborted its plans to fly to the US. A US company, Maryland-based Jet Airways Inc, complained to the US Department of Transportation that allowing the Indian carrier to fly in US skies would constitute a national security threat. It claimed the Indian company had links with al-Qaeda through Ibrahim. The Indian company says the security allegations are 'sensational, unsupported and offensive'. But the charge has forced Jet to delay its plans to launch flights between Mumbai and Newark until it is cleared by US authorities.