Sunday, February 24, 2002, Chandigarh, India


M A I N   N E W S

Pearl’s killers identified

Karachi, February 23
A senior Pakistani police official has said American journalist Daniel Pearl’s killers have been identified and will be arrested soon.

Syed Kamal Shah, Inspector-General of Pakistan’s Sind province, said four of the main accused in the Wall Street Journal reporter’s murder were under interrogation by the police and one of them had confessed to his role before a competent court of law, SADA news agency reported.

He was talking to reporters after visiting Pearl’s widow Marianne, along with Law Minister Shahida Jamil, who visited the bereaved widow as representatives of President Pervez Musharraf.

A statement from the Home Department yesterday had said: “On February 21, around 11 p.m. a video-tape was received. The recorded video contained scenes showing Daniel Pearl in captivity and scenes of his murder by the kidnappers. The tape appears to be correct.”

Omar Sheikh, believed to be the chief suspect in the case, had admitted before an anti-terrorism court that he had masterminded Pearl’s abduction and that as per his understanding, the American journalist was dead.

Mr Shah said the Sind police had made an all-out effort to rescue Pearl, despite the fact that the police lacked the latest cyber technology to trace criminals using e-mail and other hi-tech tools of communications. IANS


UK ‘joins’ Laden hunt in Kashmir

London, February 23
British special forces are hunting for Osama bin Laden in Kashmir after intelligence reports said he had sought the protection of an extremist Islamic group, the Daily Telegraph said today.

The newspaper s aid soldiers from the secretive Special Air Service Regiment had joined members of the Delta Force, the US equivalent of the SAS, to hunt the Saudi-born militant, who is suspected of masterminding September’s attacks on the USA.

A spokeswoman for Britain’s Ministry of Defence said it did not comment on the activities of the special forces. The Foreign Office was not immediately available for comment. Reuters

Home | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Editorial |
Business | Sport | World | Mailbag | In Spotlight | Chandigarh Tribune | Ludhiana Tribune
50 years of Independence | Tercentenary Celebrations |
122 Years of Trust | Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |