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Pakistan Puts 11 Men on Wanted List in Killings

June 30, 2002|From Times Wire Services

KARACHI, Pakistan — Pakistan issued a "most wanted" list of 11 suspected Islamic militants Saturday and offered rewards for their capture in connection with the killing of U.S. reporter Daniel Pearl and the bombing of Western targets.

Police published photos of the 11 men, along with notices of rewards totaling about $330,000, in newspapers.

Several of the suspects were named as members of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group, a Sunni Muslim movement that police have previously associated with killings of minority Shiite Muslim Pakistanis.

Topping the list was Asif Ramzi, a former leader of the group named as a suspect in the murder of Pearl, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal who was kidnapped in this southern port city in January and subsequently killed.

The list also named suspects for the first time in a bombing outside the U.S. Consulate in Karachi that killed 12 Pakistanis on June 14 and in the car bombing in the city on May 8 that killed 11 French engineers, two Pakistanis and the bomber.

A man identified as Sharib was named as a suspect in both bombings. A second man, named as Naveedul Hassan, was listed in connection with the attack on the U.S. Consulate.

Others whose photographs appeared included three unnamed associates of Ramzi, two unidentified Lashkar-e-Jhangvi activists and a man named as Abdul Rehman Sindhi.

Sindhi was named as an associate of Saud Memon, a fugitive who police say owns the land on the outskirts of Karachi where a body was found that investigators believe may be Pearl.

Four men are on trial in Pakistan for the abduction and murder of Pearl, including the alleged mastermind, Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh.

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