Suspect in Pearl killing shot dead
Asim Ghafoor, a member of the armed Islamist group Harkat-ul Mujahideen, was shot dead on November 17, 2004, in a clash with police in the western suburbs of Karachi, southern Pakistan. After Amjad Farooqi, he is the second suspect in the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl to be killed.
Police Deputy Inspector General Javed Ali Shah Bukhari said Ghafoor was an “associate of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh,” who was sentenced to death for organising the kidnapping of Pearl. Ghafoor was also wanted for his involvement in an assassination attempt on President Pervez Musharraf and a May 2002 bomb attack in front of Karachi’s Sheraton Hotel, in which 11 French citizens were killed.
A doctor at Karachi’s Civil Hospital reported that Ghafoor had received four bullet wounds to the chest and head. But according to the Agence France-Presse news agency, police would not allow the press to photograph the body.