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Statement not credible: FO

ISLAMABAD- Pakistan Thursday said it would not give any credence to the statements by Omar Sheikh, the chief suspect in abduction of Daniel Pearl, who claimed the Wall Street Journal reporter is dead.

“He (Sheikh) has been changing his statements from day to day and we cannot give any credence to any of the statements that he gives,” Foreign Office spokesman Aziz Ahmed Khan said while replying to a question at a news briefing here.

The key suspect, who appeared in the court in Karachi on Thursday, reported to have confessed, “As far as I understand, he (Daniel) is dead”.

However, the Wall Street Journal in a statement received in Paris and reported by a wire agency said that it was confident that its reporter Daniel Pearl was still alive. Aziz Khan said that Sheikh had been making statements and then changing them.

“A day or earlier, he had said that he (Daniel) is alive.” Khan said and added that he has been giving and changing his statement and they could not give credence to any of his statements.

The spokesman said that as far as the Government of Pakistan was concerned, it was making all possible efforts to resolve the case as soon as possible and hoped that it would be resolved.

The spokesman said he did not know the exact date of arrest of Omar Sheikh while responding to a question.

Source: The Nation
Date:2/15/2002