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    Just looking for old news articles that mention the $100,000 wire transfer between Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and Mohammad Atta.


    Wednesday, February 13, 2002

    The search for kidnapped reporter Daniel Pearl took a dramatic turn yesterday as Pakistani police arrested the suspected mastermind.
    Karachi cops searched door to door for Pearl after the capture of militant leader Sheik Omar Saeed, who told them the kidnappers had not killed the Wall Street Journal reporter.

    "He's alive, he's okay," Saeed told cops, according to Jamil Yousuf, head of a civilian-police committee involved in the investigation.

    "During the initial investigation, [Saeed] said that Pearl is alive and he is in Karachi," Karachi Police Chief Tariq Jamil said.

    There was no confirmation, however, and Pakistani police at times have exaggerated their progress in the case.

    The break was announced just as Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf arrived in Washington for a meeting with President Bush this morning.
    Saeed, 27, was arrested yesterday afternoon in the northeastern city of Lahore, where he apparently had fled from Karachi, said Tasneem Noorani of Pakistan's Interior Ministry.

    Authorities intensified their hunt in the Karachi area, including the bleak and thinly populated coastal region outside the city.

    Kamal Shah, a Karachi police official, said Saeed could be a "tough nut to crack" to get more information.

    "It would take time, I feel, before we get all the details about Daniel," he said.

    Pearl, 38, was kidnapped Jan. 23 while trying to interview Islamic radicals for a story about accused shoe bomber Richard Reid.

    The kidnappers sent several E-mail threats, including two accompanied by photos of Pearl in shackles with a gun to his head.

    Other messages, including some that claimed Pearl had been killed, were deemed to be hoaxes.

    The messages demanded the release of Pakistani prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but the U.S. has ruled out negotiations.

    Pearl's wife, Mariane, who is six months pregnant with their first child, has pleaded for her husband's release. The kidnappers failed to respond.
    Traded for hostages

    Saeed was born and reared in London and attended the prestigious London School of Economics before joining radical groups.

    He was imprisoned in India in 1994 for kidnapping four tourists. He was freed in 1999, along with two other militants, in exchange for hostages on an Indian airliner hijacked to the Afghan city of Kandahar.

    Investigators suspect he wired $100,000 - his cut from a $1 million ransom paid for an Indian businessman - to Mohamed Atta, the leader of the Sept. 11 plot and one of the pilots who flew into the World Trade Center.

    If those suspicions prove to be true, Saeed could be the highest-ranking member of the Sept. 11 plot to be nabbed.
    No One Knows Everything. Only Together May We Find The Truth JG

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    Pakistan arrests prime suspect in Pearl kidnap

    By Simon Denyer

    KARACHI, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Pakistani police arrested their prime suspect in the kidnap of American Daniel Pearl on Tuesday, and said British-born Islamic militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh had told them that the reporter was still alive.

    Karachi police chief Tariq Jamil told Reuters Sheikh Omar, as he is commonly known, had been arrested in the eastern city of Lahore on Tuesday and was being brought to the southern port of Karachi for further questioning.

    "During the initial investigation, he said that Pearl is alive and he is in Karachi," Jamil said.

    "He says he (Pearl) is alive and nobody has harmed him," added a senior official close to the investigation.

    Wall Street Journal reporter Pearl, 38, vanished in the southern port city of Karachi on January 23 as he tried to make contact with Islamic radical groups and investigate possible links between alleged shoe bomber Richard Reid and Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network.

    Jamil said the arrest had been made by a team of police from southern Sindh province who had travelled to eastern Lahore, capital of neighbouring Punjab province, to hunt for Sheikh Omar, whom police have accused of masterminding Pearl's kidnap.

    Police did not reveal the circumstances of Omar's arrest, but said they had been rounding up his associates and raiding their houses in recent days.

    "The police were putting pressure on his contacts," Tasneem Noorani, Pakistan's interior secretary, told Reuters. "He was picked up at 3 p.m. (1000 GMT), he's being interrogated and he is in the process of being taken to Karachi where he will be further interrogated."

    "It wasn't a car chase or anything, he was arrested quite peacefully," Noorani added later. "The chief suspect is with us and we're hopeful that will lead to the solution of the case."

    Sheikh Omar was jailed in India in 1994 for allegedly kidnapping four tourists there -- three Britons and one American.

    He was freed, along with two other prominent Islamic militants, in 1999 in exchange for 155 hostages on an airliner hijacked to the southern Afghan city of Kandahar.

    For a while he kept a low profile, disappearing from view with his wife and new-born son. But Sheikh Omar's name popped up again after the September 11 plane attack on the United States.

    Indian police have accused him of involvement in the transfer of $100,000 to Mohammad Atta, one of the pilots who flew airliners into New York's World Trade Center.

    Omar, the son of a clothes merchant from Wanstead in east London, studied at the London School of Economics.

    The arrest comes as a boost for Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, who is due to begin an official visit to Washington later on Tuesday.

    Earlier on Tuesday, three suspects accused of involvement in the kidnapping were remanded in custody for 14 days by an anti-terrorist court in Karachi.

    The three, named as Fahad Naseem, Sheikh Adil and Salman Saquib, arrived in court in a police armoured personnel carrier, handcuffed and chained together, with their faces covered by blankets and towels.

    They were surrounded by over a dozen armed police as they shuffled up to the courtroom on the first floor of the provincial High Court building.

    The three were accused of sending two emails in the week after Pearl disappeared, containing photographs of the reporter with a gun to his head and threatening to kill him if the United States did not release its prisoners from the Afghan war.

    Investigators say the three suspects said they had been given the photographs of Pearl by Sheikh Omar.
    No One Knows Everything. Only Together May We Find The Truth JG

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    Briton held over Pearl kidnap

    Tuesday 12 February 2002 08.20 EST

    Pakistani police have arrested the British-born prime suspect in the kidnapping of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

    Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, better known as Sheikh Omar, was picked up in the city of Lahore this morning.

    Karachi's police chief, Tariq Jamil, confirmed to Reuters that Sheikh had been arrested and was being taken to Karachi.

    Pearl disappeared in Karachi on January 23 as he tried to make contact with Islamic radical groups while investigating possible links between the the alleged shoe bomber, Richard Reid, and Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network.

    Sheikh, the 27-year-old son of a clothes merchant from Wanstead in east London and a former student at the London School of Economics, has a long record of Islamic militancy.

    He was jailed for five years in India in 1994 after the kidnap of three Britons and an American tourist. He was released five years later together with two prominent militants in exchange for 155 passengers hijacked on an Indian airliner and taken to the southern Afghan city of Kandahar.

    For a while Sheikh kept a low profile, disappearing from view with his wife and new-born son.

    But he has been linked with the September 11 terrorist attacks on the US.

    Indian police have accused him of involvement in the transfer of $100,000 to Mohammad Atta, one of the alleged hijackers involved in the attacks.

    Earlier today police said they had new leads into the kidnapping of Pearl and had detained two more suspects in the southern city of Karachi overnight.

    Another three men accused by police of sending emails that announced the abduction of Pearl appeared today before a special anti-terrorism court, where they were formally charged with kidnapping.

    They were remanded in custody for an additional 14 days.
    No One Knows Everything. Only Together May We Find The Truth JG

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    No winners in this battle
    A journalist who has covered both sides of the India-Pakistan faultline explains why ties between the two are so strained


    In a relationship like the one India and Pakistan have shared over the past 70 years, there are few moments for reflection, few pauses to take stock of winners and losers. Yet, it is this task journalist Myra McDonald sets for herself in the book Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War. In order to do so McDonald focuses on the period since the turn of the century (1999-2015), coming to her conclusion that India has the upper hand and victory in a war that has been played with every version in the book: overt, covert, using Army regulars, and with proxies, as well as the diplomatic, economic and above all, the moral war.

    The Kandahar trail
    The book begins in December 1999 with the hijack of IC-814 from Kathmandu, a flight that took its 178 passengers and their nation on the worst possible nightmare ride to Kandahar. At the end of that week, India had suffered several blows, its government brought to its knees in front of the world, who agreed to release Masood Azhar, who went on to build a thriving terror empire that attacks India to this day, along with Al Umar chief Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar, who directs attacks inside Jammu and Kashmir, and Sheikh Omar Ahmed Saeed, the man convicted for the killing of Daniel Pearl and who organised the funding for the 9/11 attacks in the U.S. in 2001.

    While these were heavy blows, the unkindest cut was the response of the international community that watched the week’s unfolding horror without offering assistance, nor did it feel the need to hold the terrorists, their welcoming Taliban hosts in Afghanistan, or Pakistan, that gave those terrorists a hero’s welcome back to account for it.

    McDonald, who was based in India from 2000-2003, and has written an excellent work on the Siachen conflict (Heights of Madness) provides a well-thought out epilogue as well, bringing the book up to date with the impact of the ‘surgical strikes’ announced by the government after the Uri attack in 2016, and of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. As a journalist who has covered both sides of the India-Pakistan faultline, McDonald is even-handed, albeit clearly more sympathetic to India’s case, which leads her to her conclusion of where ‘defeat and victory’ lie. Lest anyone doubt her ability to turn the critical eye on India’s actions, her chapter on the flawed and unjust investigation and trials of those suspected to have conspired in the Parliament attack of 2001 is important. One is left wondering if such a shoddy process is the Indian government’s way of covering up for its own lapses, and its own poor preparation, and whether India is in denial of its vulnerability as much as Pakistan is in denial of its diabolical duplicity.

    Some lapses
    There are, however, lapses in McDonald’s narrative that are unfortunately common to other accounts of India-Pakistan relations, both western and Indian.

    To begin with, there is the temptation to see the relations in a time prism: that begins after the nuclear tests of 1998. In the jacket-blurb of the book, it speaks of how India and Pakistan ‘restarted the clock’ after they both held nuclear tests and as a result Pakistan used ‘militant proxies’ with ‘reckless reliance’ thereafter.

    The truth is Pakistan’s ‘reckless reliance’ on proxies did not begin in 1998, but all the way back in 1948, during the first Kashmir war. Later, the use of Sikh militants who hijacked planes to Lahore in the 1980s, or the D-Company that has lived in Karachi after the Mumbai blasts in 1993 were all part of a similar strategy.

    Before Uri, there was Pathankot; before that there was Mumbai 26/11, the train bombings, the Parliament attack, IC-814 and so on.

    Another lapse, shared with other writers on the subcontinent, is to describe the international community, and in particular the U.S., as na´ve players, who mistakenly choose to pursue a South Asia policy that unwittingly allows Pakistan its terror war on India. The U.S. is neither na´ve nor foolish. If it has pursued a certain course for decades, then that must be seen for what it is: a policy.

    While the author painstakingly details the lead-up from the IC-814 hijack to the 9/11 attacks, she doesn’t probe why the CIA missed all the links between the Jaish-e-Mohammad and al-Qaeda and the Taliban pre-2001. Similarly, on the curious case of David Headley, now convicted in the U.S. for his role in planning the Mumbai attacks, the book fails to investigate why the U.S. government entered into a plea-bargain with him for his life without even informing Indian authorities, forcing the Indian government to do the same in 2015, or to let him travel to India in March 2009, months after the Mumbai attacks, when he was under U.S. surveillance.

    In Pakistan, the U.S. has undertaken unilateral drone strikes against several terrorists suspected of harming U.S. citizens, but has never turned its gaze on Hafiz Saeed with any seriousness. Even a much touted $10million ‘bounty’ turned out to be a reward for information against Hafiz Saeed, as McDonald records, which the U.S. intelligence agencies should have in plenty.

    Indeed, if Pakistan has ‘lost’ this war for parity with India through ‘a thousand cuts’, there seems little evidence of introspection within. While defeat might mean the notional loss of U.S. trust, Pakistan will always be an important interlocutor for the U.S. when it comes to Afghanistan.

    The diplomatic isolation of Pakistan that McDonald describes is only one part of the story. The other part is Pakistan’s link-role in China’s OBOR (One Belt One Road) plans, that is bringing even Russia into a closer embrace. For all its self-defeating tendencies, Pakistan is an orphan with a lot of backers. For India, faced with more important wars with poverty, illiteracy, water shortages and other, there are no winners in this battle for South Asia.

    Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War; Myra McDonald, Penguin Random House, ₹509.
    No One Knows Everything. Only Together May We Find The Truth JG

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