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Pearl murder case CID arrest another suspect

KARACHI- The Crime Investigation Department (CID) arrested a suspect who was allegedly involved in the kidnapping and slaying of the US journalist Daniel Pearl, well-placed sources on June 6th, 2003.

The DIG, CID, Javed Ali Shah Bukhari, confirmed the arrest of the suspect, Abdul Rehman, alias Sindhi, from Karachi but declined to give further information including details of his terrorist activities owing to legal complications. However, the sources said that the arrested man belonged to Harkat-e-Jihad-e-Islami and was a close aide of Ahmed Omar Saeed Shaikh commonly known Shaikh Omar, who had been convicted in Pearl murder case.

It is learnt that last year, the government had announced a cash reward of Rs0.5 million for his arrest. Besides, the sources disclosed that Abdul Rehman used to make forged passports and national identity cards for other militants, including those who were involved in sectarian terrorism in the country.

He had also provided logistics support to other militants in Karachi, sources added. Sources said that Abdul Rehman was being interrogated by some sensitive agencies at an undisclosed location. “The person might have links with Al-Qaeda and we are interrogating to ascertain this”, said an investigator on condition of anonymity. He said that Abdul Rehman would be produced before a court of law within a day or two. However, senior police officers were reluctant to confirm as to whether or not Abdul Rehman would be implicated in the Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl’s murder case.

Source: The News,
Date:6/7/2003