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Pearl’s abductors identified, but elude arrest: minister

ISLAMABAD- Interior Minister Moinuddin Haider on Thursday said the kidnappers of the missing American journalist, Daniel Pearl, have been identified, but are eluding arrest by using fictitious names.

“The abductors are using several names, their houses are being raided by police”, Moin told in an interview, without saying whether Pearl was dead or still alive.

The correspondent for the US-based Wall Street Journal (WSJ) went missing in Karachi since January 23.

The plot around Pearl’s kidnapping drama thickened and concern for his life grew after Sheikh Omar, who is believed to be the prime suspect for Pearl’s abduction, told investigators the journalist had been killed. But officials believe the 38-year-old Pearl was still alive.

A government spokesman said in Karachi on Wednesday the police have found clues to tracing people who might have information about Pearl’s location.

A Sindh government official said the authorities in the central Punjab were looking for another suspect, Jawwad Sheikh, believed to be one among several of Pearl’s mysterious kidnappers.

Source: Business Recorder
Date:2/22/2002