July 28, 2005

Pakistan arrests man wanted in Pearl murder case

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani security forces have
arrested an Islamic militant who is thought to have set up a
meeting between murdered U.S. reporter Daniel Pearl and his
kidnappers, police said on Thursday.

Mohammad Hashim Qadir, alias Arif, was arrested three or
four days ago in the city of Gujranwala in the central province
of Punjab, the city police chief Zafar Abbas told Reuters.

"He has gone through court procedures and right now he is
in jail," he said.

Intelligence officials said Qadir is one of five militants
sought in connection with Pearl's murder and is believed to
have arranged the meeting between the Wall Street Journal
reporter and his kidnappers.

Pearl, 38, was kidnapped in January 2002 while researching
a story on Islamic militants. He was later found beheaded.

Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, a British-born Islamic militant,
was sentenced to death in 2002 for masterminding the crime
while three associates were given life in prison.

Their appeals against the convictions are still pending.