ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A crackdown on Sunni Muslim militants in Karachi has netted a man wanted in connection with the kidnapping and slaying of American journalist Daniel Pearl, Pakistani authorities say.
Qari Abdul Hayee was arrested Sunday during a raid in Karachi’s University Road area.
Police recently have been combing through Karachi neighborhoods in search of members of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a Sunni militant group suspected of being responsible for a series of suicide bombings and other terror attacks on Pakistan’s minority Shiite Muslim community in the southern city of Quetta and Karachi.
Authorities say Hayee once headed up Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s operations in Sindh province, where Karachi is located. He was also being questioned in connection with a car bomb attack in a Shiite neighborhood in Karachi on March 3 that killed more than 45 people and injured at least 146 others.
Pearl, 38, grew up in Los Angeles and was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal when he was kidnapped in January 2002 in Karachi and beheaded by his captors a month later. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the man who confessed to killing Pearl and the Al Qaeda mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S., is in prison.