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Suspect in Daniel Pearl murder arrested in Pakistan

A suspected militant wanted in connection with the slaying of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was captured yesterday in Gujranwala, Pakistan. Suspect Hashim Qadeer is suspected of having arranged the meeting between Pearl and Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the ringmaster in the kidnapping and subsequent murder of Pearl in Karachi in 2002. Sheikh was subsequently sentenced to death, three others involved were given life sentences, and two were killed by Pakistani security forces last year. Four others are still at large.

It feels very strange for me to be bolding these names like so many lunchers at Michael’s. What happened to Daniel Pearl was absolutely horrendous, and unfortunately that kind of danger is still very much present for journalists working overseas in embattled regions. To all of our colleagues overseas or getting ready to go, we really hope you stay safe and protected and pray that you will return home unharmed.

Pearl killing suspect arrested [Guardian]

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