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Man in Pearl Case Had Hit List, Official Says

May 31, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

An Islamic militant, suspected of helping plan the kidnapping of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, told police that he had Pakistani politicians on a hit list and was organizing suicide attacks, an official said. Qari Abdul Hai, alleged leader of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant group, was arrested at a bus station Thursday.

Hai is suspected of going to Muzaffargarh about 12 days ago to organize suicide attacks, including one at an American-owned power company, Police Chief Suleman Chaudhry said.

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