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Pakistan Arrests Militant Wanted in Daniel Pearl Killing

By SALMAN MASOOD, The New York Times
Published: March 19, 2013

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistani officials have arrested a senior militant accused of involvement in the 2002 murder of the American journalist Daniel Pearl.

The militant, Qari Abdul Hayee, a leader of the Islamist militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, was arrested by the paramilitary Rangers force on Sunday in Karachi, the city where Mr. Pearl was held hostage and killed.

“We were after him for the past three weeks. We had information he was in Karachi,” said a senior Rangers official, speaking by phone on the condition of anonymity.

Mr. Hayee was arrested from University Road, which runs through several residential neighborhoods and educational institutes. But it was not clear where he was being held.

The Rangers official that the militant had been handed over to the city police’s Crime Investigation Department on Sunday evening. But police sources in Karachi, also speaking on the condition of anonymity, denied that Mr. Hayee was in their custody.

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