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    Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh Was Running Terrorist Network Through Jail

    Plot to kill Musharraf unearthed

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=19033

    By Amir Mir
    12/18/2008

    LAHORE: In a sensational development, authorities have claimed busting a clandestine terror network set up by jailed killer of Daniel Pearl inside the Hyderabad Jail and the Sindh government has suspended senior police and jail officials after a large number of cell phones, SIMs and other equipment were recovered.

    Highly-placed Interior Ministry sources confided to The News on Wednesday the jailed terrorist had also threatened Gen Pervez Musharraf on his personal cell phone in the second week of November and planned to get him eliminated by a suicide bomber.

    The caller reportedly told the former president: “I am after you, get ready to die.” Subsequent investigations by the authorities revealed the threatening phone call was made by someone from the Hyderabad Central Jail. Being a suspect, Sheikh Omar was placed under observation before it transpired that he was the one who had threatened the former strongman.

    The authorities came to know that a plot had been hatched by Sheikh Omar to eliminate the then-president with the connivance of some Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) militants, with whom he had long been in touch over the phone.

    As Omar’s death cell was thoroughly searched, three mobile phones, six batteries, 18 SIMS of almost every cellular company and chargers were seized from his possession. Further scanning of the alleged terror mastermind’s telephone records revealed he had been making calls all over Pakistan to former Jihadi associates as well as relatives in Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi and Peshawar.

    Interestingly, however, his mobile phone records revealed besides having revived his contacts with the outer world, Omar had also been in touch with Attaur Rehman, alias Naeem Bukhari, a key Lashkar-e-Jhangvi operative arrested by the Karachi police on June 5, 2007 in connection with the January 2002 Daniel Pearl murder case.

    When the barracks of Naeem Bukhari, being held in the Sukkur Central Jail, were searched, the authorities recovered one mobile phone and three SIMs he had been using to stay in touch with Omar and some other LeJ accomplices in Karachi and Rawalpindi.

    During the ensuing interrogations, Naeem Bukhari was learnt to have revealed that the LeJ operatives had already been directed by Sheikh Omar to target Musharraf either in Rawalpindi or in Karachi, preferably by using a suicide car bomber.

    The LeJ militants had thus been monitoring Musharraf’s movements to target him while travelling between his Army House residence in Rawalpindi and his Chak Shehzad farmhouse on the 1-A Park Road on the quiet suburbs of Islamabad or to blow up the bridge on Shara-e-Faisal during his next visit to Karachi at the precise moment when his convoy would reach there from the Quaid-e-Azam International Airport.

    It was after the unearthing of the assassination plot that Musharraf decided to leave for London on Nov 22, 2008 for a short trip — for the first time since his resignation as president in August 2008. Although, he has already returned home, Musharraf is still occupying the Army House due to grave security concerns.

    Following the recovery of mobile phones and SIMs from Sheikh Omar, the Sindh Home Department took serious action and suspended (on Dec 1, 2008) Hyderabad Central Jail Superintendent Abdul Majid Siddiqui, his deputy Gul Mohammad Sheikh and four other jail officials on charges of showing criminal negldigence.

    According to the Sindh inspector general prisons, both had been suspended by the Home Department on complaints of corruption and maladministration. The IG prisons said there were complaints of serious nature against them, such as providing cell phones and other banned facilities to prisoners, corruption and maladministration. An inquiry officer has already been appointed to probe the charges.

    The most astonishing aspect of the episode is that the scrutiny of Omar Sheikh’s mobile phone records proved he had been even calling Maj-Gen (retd) Amir Faisal Alavi, the former General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the elite Special Services Group (SSG) of the Pakistan Army. He was shot dead in Islamabad on Nov 19, 2008 by unidentified gunmen.

    Although, the Interior Ministry officials are not ready to speak on the issue, a recent story filed by Carey Schofield of Sunday Times had quoted Maj-Gen Amir Faisal Alavi as having told her during an Islamabad meeting four days before his murder that he knew he would be killed by his own comrades, as he had threatened to expose the Pakistani generals who had been cutting deals with Taliban insurgents.

    Sheikh Omar Saeed has not divulged any information so far as to why he had been calling Alavi. But Musharraf has stated in his book “In the Line of Fire” that Omar was originally recruited by the British intelligence agency MI-6 while studying at the London School of Economics.

    Omar was sent to the Balkans by MI-6 to engage in Jihadi operations, according to Musharraf, who went on to opine: “At some point, he probably became a rogue or double agent. Sheikh Omar happens to be a British citizen of Pakistani descent, who had first served five years in prison in Delhi in the 90s in connection with the 1994 abduction of three British travellers. But he was released in the first week of 2000 along with Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar and eventually provided a safe passage to Pakistan by the Taliban regime, after India was forced to accept demands of the hijackers of Indian Airliner IC-814.

    “Two years later, on Feb 12, 2002, Omar surrendered to Brigadier (retd) Ejaz Hussain Shah, his former handler in the ISI, after being accused of abducting Daniel Pearl. At an initial court appearance in April 2002, Omar had almost confessed to his crime by stating: “I don’t want to defend myself. I did this... Rightly or wrongly, I had my reasons. I think our country shouldn’t be catering to American needs.”

    As a matter of fact, it is five-and-a-half years since an anti-terrorism court in Karachi sentenced him to death. Omar, a graduate from the London School of Economics, became a Jihadi for the high-profile Pearl murder.

    It was on July 15, 2003 that Omar and his three accomplices were awarded life imprisonment by Justice Ali Ashraf Shah in a heavily fortified makeshift court, set up in a bunker underneath a prison inside the Hyderabad Jail. No journalist was allowed to attend the court proceedings and the venue had to be changed three times because of bombing threats and security concerns.

    The trial judge was also changed thrice. Forensic scientists initially refused to attend the exhumation of the court for fear they would be killed. Police personnel who were known to confront all kinds of savage criminals behaved like lambs in front of the terrorist and police officers were intimidated by him in the court of law in front of the judge.

    As soon as the July 15, 2003 verdict was announced, Omar, who had already been declared a dangerous prisoner and confined to an isolation death cell, reacted defiantly, saying that he would retaliate against the authorities for arranging the sentence. In a message read out by his lawyer outside the court room, Sheikh Omar said: “We shall see who will die first. Either I or the authorities who have arranged the death sentence for me.” Almost six months later, in December 2003, Gen Musharraf survived two separate assassinations attempts in Rawalpindi. The authorities suspect that Sheikh Omar had links with the two suicide bombers who blew themselves up to assassinate Musharraf and the attempts owed to the death penalty awarded to Omar.

    As things stand, the anti-terrorist court’s verdict has not been implemented so far and Sheikh Omar continues to avoid being sent to the gallows due to repeated adjournments of his appeal against conviction, pending in the Sindh High Court for years now. Reports emanating from the Hyderabad Central Jail say the guards stationed outside Omar’s death cell are rotated almost daily because he has the ability to influence anyone he meets.

    As a matter of fact, Omar had actually managed to prevail upon the first four police constables deployed outside his cell, with all of them growing beards within days after they were assigned to guard his ward. The jail authorities say if the guards outside his cell are not rotated every day, Omar is fully capable of bringing the entire jail staff round to his view. He is presently reading books on history, particularly on World War-I and II, the Cold War and the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts.
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    Group that threatened Musharraf dismantled

    http://www.gulfnews.com/world/Pakistan/10268289.html

    By Fasihur Rehman Khan, Correspondent
    Published: December 18, 2008, 21:17

    Islamabad: Pakistani authorities have cracked down on a prison based terrorist network which threatened former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on his cell phone in November.

    The clandestine network, authorities claimed, was operated by jailed Omer Shaikh, incarcerated for his alleged involvement in the killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl - a case which attracted world wide media attention.

    "I am after you, get ready to die," the caller reportedly told the former President in a call made to his personal cell phone from the jail premises, the report claimed.

    Preliminary Investigations into call records established the call came from Hyderabad jail, Omer Shaikh was immediately placed under observation, officials told a Pakistani newspaper.

    Authorities then established it was Omer Shaikh made the threatening phone call to the former president.

    "Omer's cell was searched by the authorities and they were surprised to find out that he had three mobile phones, 18 mobile SIMS, batteries and chargers with him. He was frequently making calls all over Pakistan and talking to his relatives and former jihadi associates," the officials said.

    The report said the authorities found out a plot had been hatched by Shaikh Omer to eliminate the former president with the help of Laskhar-e-Jhangvi militants, whom he had been in touch with for quite some time.

    Officials said the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militants had been monitoring Musharraf's route between his Chak Shahzad farmhouse and Army House in Rawalpindi and had planned to blow up a bridge on his main route into Karachi.

    Musharraf returned home recently from trips abroad, an official report said he fled the country after the assassination plot was unearthed.

    Workers suspended
    After recovery of the cell phones from Omer Shaikh's possession, the Sindh provincial government suspended the jail superintendent and some staffers on charges of criminal negligence.

    Musharraf as president faced two suicide attacks on his cavalcade in Rawalpindi in 2004 but survived.

    Prior to these attacks a bridge - used regularly by Musharraf to travel to Islamabad - was blown up.

    The bridge collapsed after an explosive device made of dynamite detonated after Musharraf's vehicles passed over the structure.

    Sophisticated jammers fixed to the ex-president's security vehicles stopped the timed device from triggering as the cars were crossing.

    Throughout his tenure as President, Musharraf faced many attacks and assassination attempts, as jihadi and militant elements blamed him for policies which saw demise of Taliban government in Afghanistan after 9/11, and the launch of the hunt for Al Qaida and Taliban elements througout Pakistan.

    Musharraf, in his memoirs, In the Line of Fire, mentioned Omer Shaikh in connection with Daniel Pearl's murder.
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    Pearl's killer ran terror network from jail

    http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus...0812181681.htm

    12/18/2008

    Islamabad (PTI): Authorities in Pakistan have claimed to have cracked a clandestine terror network set up by the jailed killer of American journalist Daniel Pearl who had also threatened to eliminate former President Pervez Musharraf by using a suicide car bomber.

    The terror network was operating inside the Central Jail at Hyderabad in Sindh and the provincial government has suspended senior police and jail officials after a large number of cell phones, SIMs and other equipment were found in the prison, The News reported today.

    Interior Ministry sources said Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh, jailed for the murder of Pearl, had set up the network.

    Sheikh, who was released by India along with Jaish-e- Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar and another terrorist in exchange for passengers on an Indian Airlines flight hijacked in 1999, had threatened Musharraf on his personal cell phone in the second week of November and planned to get him eliminated by a suicide bomber, they said.

    The caller reportedly told Musharraf: "I am after you, get ready to die." Subsequent investigations revealed the call was made by someone from the Hyderabad Central Jail. Being a suspect, Sheikh was placed under observation and it transpired that he was the one who had threatened Musharraf.

    The report said authorities had learnt that Sheikh hatched a plot to assassinate Musharraf with the connivance of some Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militants with whom he had been in touch over phone.

    The militants were monitoring Musharraf's movements to target him while he travelled between his Army House residence in Rawalpindi and his farmhouse at Chak Shehzad in the suburbs of Islamabad.
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    Pakistani police uncover plot to murder Musharraf, report says

    http://www.monstersandcritics.com/ne...af_report_says_

    12/18/2008

    Islamabad - Pakistani police have unearthed a plot to assassinate ex-president Pervez Musharraf and the revelation forced the former strongman to flee the country, a media report said Thursday.

    Police have alleged the conspiracy was masterminded by Sheikh Omar, a militant linked to al-Qaeda, who is on death row in a prison in the southern city of Hyberabad for the 2002 murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

    According to a report in the English-language daily The News, Omar directed his colleagues via mobile phone from his cell to kill Musharraf in the southern city of Karachi or in Rawalpindi, a garrison town adjoining the capital Islamabad, with a suicide car bomb.

    The plot was uncovered in late November, the paper said.

    The militants from the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi organization were monitoring Musharraf's movements in Rawalpindi, where he has lived with his family since he resigned as president on August 18.

    Citing unnamed officials, the newspaper said Omar also phoned Musharraf on his personal mobile phone number and threatened to kill him without identifying himself, saying: 'I am after you, get ready to die.'

    Musharraf, a former key ally of the United States in the fight against terrorism, immediately left the country for London on November 22. He returned a few days later and is now staying at a heavily-guarded, palatial residence formerly used by the country's military chiefs.

    Investigators traced the threat call to Hyderabad prison and police recovered three mobile phones, six batteries and 18 SIM cards from Omar's cell.

    Six prison officers, including the jail superintendent, were suspended for 'criminal negligence.'

    Omar was arrested in February 2002 for the murder of Pearl and sentenced to death the following year along with three accomplices. He reacted defiantly to the court verdict and vowed to exact revenge against those who had 'arranged' his death sentence.

    Outside the court, his lawyer read a message from Omar saying, 'We shall see who will die first. Either I or the authorities who have arranged the death sentence for me.'

    Six months later, Musharraf survived two assassination attempts in Rawalpindi. Authorities believe Omar had links with the two suicide bombers who carried out the attacks on the former president.

    Omar, who once attended the London School of Economics, has managed to delay his execution by making repeated appeals against the verdict which are still pending in various courts.
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    Plot to get Musharraf killed by suicide bomber unearthed

    http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/...100132284.html

    12/18/2008

    Lahore, Dec 18 (ANI): Pakistani authorities have unearthed a plot to kill former President Pervez Musharraf, and have claimed busting a clandestine terror network set up by jailed killer of Daniel Pearl inside the Hyderabad Jail.

    The Sindh Government has suspended senior police and jail officials after a large number of cell phones, SIMs and other equipment were recovered, The News reported.

    Highly placed Interior Ministry sources said that the jailed terrorist had also threatened Musharraf on his personal cell phone in the second week of November and planned to get him eliminated by a suicide bomber.

    The caller reportedly told the former president: I am after you, get ready to die.

    Subsequent investigations by the authorities revealed someone made the threatening phone call from the Hyderabad Central Jail. Being a suspect, Sheikh Omar was placed under observation before it transpired that he was the one who had threatened the former strongman.

    The authorities came to know that a plot had been hatched by Sheikh Omar to eliminate the then-president with the connivance of some Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) militants, with whom he had long been in touch over the phone, the paper said.

    As Omars death cell was thoroughly searched, three mobile phones, six batteries, 18 SIMS of almost every cellular company and chargers were seized from his possession.

    Further scanning of the alleged terror masterminds telephone records revealed he had been making calls all over Pakistan to former Jihadi associates as well as relatives in Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi and Peshawar.

    Interestingly, however, his mobile phone records revealed besides having revived his contacts with the outer world, Omar had also been in touch with Attaur Rehman, alias Naeem Bukhari, a key Lashkar-e-Jhangvi operative arrested by the Karachi police on June 5, 2007 in connection with the Pearl murder case.

    During the ensuing interrogations, Naeem Bukhari was learnt to have revealed that the LeJ operatives had already been directed by Sheikh Omar to target Musharraf either in Rawalpindi or in Karachi, preferably by using a suicide car bomber.

    The LeJ militants had thus been monitoring Musharraf’’s movements to target him while travelling between his Army House residence in Rawalpindi and his Chak Shehzad farmhouse on the 1-A Park Road on the quiet suburbs of Islamabad or to blow up the bridge on Shara-e-Faisal during his next visit to Karachi.

    It was after the unearthing of the assassination plot that Musharraf decided to leave for London on November 22 for a short trip - for the first time since his resignation as president in August 2008.

    Although, he has already returned home, Musharraf is still occupying the Army House due to grave security concerns.
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    Omar Saeed Sheikh plots assassination from Pakistani jail

    http://www.longwarjournal.org/archiv..._sheikh_pl.php

    By Bill Roggio
    December 18, 2008 9:29 PM

    Senior al Qaeda operative Omar Saeed Sheikh plotted to kill Pakistan’s former president while serving a jail sentence and is also believed to be complicit in the murder of a senior Pakistani counterterrorism officer.

    Omar plotted to kill former President Pervez Musharraf and Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kiyani while serving a sentence at the Hyderabad Jail for the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002, The News reported. Senior US officials confirmed to The Long War Journal Omar's role as the leader of what The News described as "a clandestine terror network."

    From prison, Omar called Musharraf on his personal cell phone in mid-November and threatened his life. "I am after you, get ready to die," Omar reportedly told Musharraf. The plan was to ambush Musharraf's convoy as he traveled between Army House in Rawalpindi and his farm outside of Islamabad or to blow up a bridge as he traveled to the airport.

    Omar also phoned retired Major General Faisal Alavi, the former commander of Pakistan's Special Service Group, just days before he was killed on Nov. 22. It is not currently clear Omar was behind Alavi's murder, a senior US intelligence official told The Long War Journal. "We do suspect he was involved," the official said.

    As leader of the Special Service Group, Alavi was charged with hunting down al Qaeda and other terror groups operating inside Pakistan. Just four days before he was killed, Alavi sent a letter to General Kiyani, requesting that his honor be restored and threatening to expose the Army generals who conspired with the Taliban in the Northwest Frontier Province.

    Alavi was killed while driving through the capital of Islamabad. A car blocked the road, stopping his car. "At least two gunmen opened fire from either side, shooting him eight times," Times Online reported. His family and friends believe elements of Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence agency and the military were behind the hit.

    Omar conspired with Attaur Rehman, a Lashkar-e-Jhangvi leader who is also detained for involvement in the murder of Daniel Pearl. Rehman is serving time at the Sukkur Central Jail. He and Omar communicated via phone; police found several phones and communications devices that recorded calls made by Rehman and Omar to Lashkar-e-Jhangvi operatives in Karachi and Rawalpindi.

    Omar and jihadi groups
    The FBI believes Omar served as the bagman for the Sept. 11 attacks. He is thought to have he wired more than $100,000 to Mohammed Atta, the tactical commander of the Sept. 11 suicide teams. Atta then sent money not used in the operation back to Omar.

    Omar is also a close associate of Maulana Masood Azhar, the leader of the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group. Omar and Azhar were freed from Indian custody in 1999 after terrorists hijacked an Indian Airlines flight and forced it to land in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

    He also has close links to the Kashmiri terror group Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, the Taliban, and Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence agency. After the murder of Pearl, Omar is said to have turned himself in to his ISI handler. It is believed Omar's death sentence has not been carried out because of his connections with the ISI.

    "Al Qaeda operatives like Omar serve as key facilitators between al Qaeda and the Pakistani terror groups, as well as with supporting elements within the ISI and the military," a senior US official said.

    "The fact that Omar is able to plot attacks from jail is highly disturbing," another official said. “He is one dangerous individual.”

    Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and al Qaeda in Pakistan
    The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi was formed in 1996 after splitting with the Sipah-e-Sahaba, a radical Sunni group behind sectarian attacks against Shia throughout Pakistan. The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi expanded its activities to include terror attacks against the Pakistani state. After Sept. 11, 2001, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi was one of two Pakistani terror groups banned by the Musharraf regime.

    The size of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is unknown, but it is believed to have hundreds of members dispersed in small cells throughout Pakistan. The group maintains camps in South Waziristan, under the protection of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud. Baitullah is known to have absorbed elements of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi in Karachi and placed them under the command of a leader named Raheemullah.

    Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has cooperated with al Qaeda in some of the most high-profile attacks inside Pakistan, including the March 3 bombing outside the US Consulate in Karachi. A US diplomat was killed in the suicide car bombing.

    "Lashkar-e-Jhangvi serves as al Qaeda's muscle inside Pakistan," a US intelligence official told The Long War Journal. "Al Qaeda tasks them with hits; they have the foot soldiers and local organization to conduct attacks throughout Pakistan."
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    Jailed Al Qaeda Leader Behind Musharraf Death Plot

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblog...r_behind_1.asp

    12/19/2008

    Pakistani security officials have uncovered a plot to murder former President Pervez Musharraf. The plot was organized from a Pakistani jail in Hyderabad, and was led by none of than senior al Qaeda leader Omar Saeed Sheikh, The News reported.

    Omar contracted out a local Pakistani terror group known as the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. Security officials traced phone calls back to Omar and found communications equipment in his cell, and found records of communications with a senior Lashkar-e-Jhangvi operative who is serving time at another prison. The plan was to ambush Musharraf’s convoy,” preferably by using a suicide car bomber,” as he traveled between his home in Rawalpindi and his farmhouse outside of Islamabad. Al Qaeda uses local Pakistani groups like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi as “muscle” to carry out operations.

    Omar Saeed Sheikh has a long pedigree in al Qaeda and various Pakistan-based terror groups. He is best known for the brutal murder and beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Omar was involved in funding the September 11 attacks; he wired more than $100,000 to Mohammed Atta, the tactical commander of the September 11 attacks. Atta then sent money not used in the operation back to Omar.

    Omar also is a close associate of Maulana Masood Azhar, the leader of the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group. Omar and Aktar were freed from Indian custody in 1999 after terrorists hijacked an Indian Airline flight and forced it to land in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He also has close links to the Kashmiri terror group Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, the Taliban, and of course Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence agency. After the murder of Pearl, Omar is said to have turned himself in to his ISI handler. It is believed Omar’s death sentence has not been carried out because of his connections with the ISI.

    The good news here is that Pakistani security officials uncovered the plot and suspended police officials for negligence. The bad news is that high-value detainees can so easily plot the murder of senior Pakistani politicians from jail.
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    Prison plot

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=152608

    Friday, December 19, 2008

    The extraordinary tale of how Omar Sheikh, the man sentenced to death in 2003 for the kidnapping and murder of US journalist Daniel Pearl, from his cell in Hyderabad Jail, plotted the assassination of former president Pervez Musharraf is, to say the least, hair-raising. According to the story, broken by this newspaper, Sheikh planned the killing using militants linked to Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), a defunct militant group based in Punjab. He was able to hold detailed discussions with these militants over his cell phone and was also in touch with Ataur Rehman, another person held in the Daniel Pearl case, who is currently detained at Sukkur Jail. A search of Sheikh's jail cell, after an investigation began into threatening calls to Musharraf from Hyderabad Jail, led to the discovery of no less than 18 different SIM cards, several mobile phones and chargers. Similar communication devices were found from the cell of Ataur Rehman. Even from jail, these convicts seem able to plan further acts of violence. Evidence is emerging that Omar Sheikh may indeed have also played a part in other crimes.

    The real question that arises is how he has been able to acquire so much freedom to operate at will from within jail and engage in criminal activity that involved high-profile assassinations. It seems obvious that some members of the jail staff at least have assisted him. Such leeway to a man sentenced to a solitary cell cannot otherwise be explained. The superintendent of Hyderabad Jail has now been suspended, but this seems to be a case of acting too late. Previously too, in the months following his detention, stories had surfaced about Omar Sheikh conducting meetings in prison to win over members of staff and other inmates to his cause. He is reported to have been remarkably successful in this. There were also previous accounts of his success in maintaining contacts with the outside world. The dangers are obviously immense. A full investigation needs to be made into how a prisoner has been able to act with such freedom and to flout all rules of detention. The connivance of people in key places seems obvious. The key is to avoid a repetition. It is clear the highly educated Omar Sheikh remains one of the most dangerous men on our soil. It is also rumoured that it is his links in high places that have enabled him so far to escape the gallows. He must now be prevented from taking more lives by continuing to lead militant operations even from behind jail bars.
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    Pervez death threat

    http://www.telegraphindia.com/108121...y_10273665.jsp

    Islamabad, Dec. 18: Pakistan’s Presidents, former or current, seem to be just a phone call away from anybody. Hoax caller or death-row prisoner, they are all getting through.

    Pakistani officials have claimed busting a plot to kill former President Pervez Musharraf, hatched by Omar Sheikh, the man sentenced to death in 2003 for killing Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, a newspaper reported today.

    Omar apparently called up the former military ruler on his personal cellphone last month and said: “I am after you, get ready to die.”

    “Omar planned to get Musharraf eliminated by a suicide bomber,” The News reported today quoting senior officials in the Sindh home ministry.

    A condemned prisoner getting through to Musharraf, who lives under heavy security, may not surprise too many people after an alleged hoax call from Delhi recently prompted Islamabad to put its air force on high alert.

    On November 28, during the Mumbai carnage, a mystery caller had apparently posed as Indian foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee and, after his call was put through to Pakistan President Asil Ali Zardari, used “threatening” language.

    The News quoted officials as saying Omar called Musharraf from Hyderabad Central Jail where he has been held for over five years. Omar apparently hatched the assassination plot with militants of the anti-Shia Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

    The claim comes at a time Pakistan has been portraying itself as a victim of terror. The irony is, India had freed Omar, along with Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, in exchange for the release of the passengers of a hijacked Indian airliner.

    That action by the NDA government in December 1999 returned to haunt L.K. Advani in Parliament yesterday at a time Delhi has asked for Azhar to be handed over for attacks in India.

    Police found three cellphones, six batteries, 18 SIM cards and chargers in Omar’s prison cell, The News said. His phone records revealed calls across Pakistan, including several to former militants.

    Omar was apparently in touch with Attaur Rehman alias Naeem Bukhari, a key Jhangvi operative arrested last year in the January 2002 Pearl murder case. The police seized a mobile and three SIMs from Bukhari’s barracks in Sukkur Central Jail.

    Bukhari allegedly said the Jhangvi had been watching Musharraf’s movements and planned to kill him during his travels between his Rawalpindi residence and his farmhouse near Islamabad. Alternatively, it were considering blowing up a bridge between Karachi and its airport during Musharraf’s next visit to the city.
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    Pervez Musharraf Nailed Top Pakistani Terrorist and Kidnapper As MI6 Agent

    http://www.daily.pk/local/other-loca...mi6-agent.html

    Written by www.daily.pk
    Saturday, 20 December 2008 02:33

    The British-Pakistani terrorist who was tried and convicted for the kidnapping and murder of reporter Daniel Pearl, was identified as an MI-6 agent in 2006 by the then-President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf.

    The British-born terrorist in question, Omar Saeed Sheikh, is also featured in the article by Jeffrey Steinberg, "Shut Down Anglo-Saudi Global Terror Apparatus Behind Mumbai Attack," appearing on the LPAC website and the Dec. 19 issue of EIR.

    In his 2006 memoir In the Line of Fire, President Musharraf recounted that Omar Sheik "is a British national born to Pakistani parents in London" in December 1973. His early education was in the UK, then he spent four years at Lahore's Aitcheson College. He then went back to the UK to attend the London School of Economics.

    "It is believed in some quarters that while Omar Sheikh was at the LSE he was recruited by the British intelligence agency MI-6," Musharraf wrote. "It is said that MI-6 persuaded him to take an active part in demonstrations against Serbian aggression in Bosnia and even sent him to Kosovo to join the jihad. At some point he probably became a rogue or double agent."

    Musharraf says that on Sheikh's return from Bosnia, he went to Pakistan and met Maulana Abdul Jabbar, who took him to Khost for guerrilla training. Then in 1994 he went to India to try to secure the release of Maulana Masood Azhar, who was serving a seven-year prison sentence in India for instigating conflict in Kashmir. To attempt to get Azhazr released, Sheikh and three others kidnapped three Britons and an American in 1994; the four were later released. Sheikh was arrested and imprisoned, but was then released in 1999 along with Azhar, in exchange for release of the hijacked Indian airplane.

    While in jail in India, Sheikh had numerous visits from a "British diplomat," according to the Los Angeles Times, which wrote: "The large ledger where the names of Tihar jail visitors are registered lists nine meetings between Sheikh, his lawyer and a British diplomat identified as `Mr. Greenhall.'"

    The London Times reported that while Sheikh was in jail in India, British intelligence secretly offered him amnesty and the ability to live in London as a free man, if he would reveal his links to al-Qaeda -- an offer Sheikh supposedly refused.

    Nonetheless, after Sheikh was released in the hostage swap deal engineered by Dawood Ibrahim in December, 1999, he was allowed to travel freely to Britain, where he visited his parents in Britain in 2000 and again in early 2001, according to accounts in both the Indian and British press. Also, during this period he is believed to have wired money to the 9/11 hijackers.

    Although Sheikh was sentenced in a secret court proceeding in July 2002 to hang for the kidnapping and murder of Daniel Pearl, he is still apparently quite alive. At the time of the Daniel Pearl kidnapping, the Wall Street Journal reporter was investigating various facets of the Pakistani ISI intelligence service and its ties to terrorism. He was also preparing a story on Dawood Ibrahim.
    No One Knows Everything. Only Together May We Find The Truth JG


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