Pakistani army foils Islamist plot to spring free killers of Daniel Pearl

A rare warning by a Pakistani intelligence chief posits that the Middle East-based militant group, Islamic State, posed a domestic threat.

February 12, 2016 19:15
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Daniel Pearl is seen in captivity of Islamic militants in Pakistan

Daniel Pearl is seen in captivity of Islamic militants in Pakistan. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Pakistan’s military said it had foiled a prison break bid aimed at freeing a British-born terrorist awaiting execution for the 2002 murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

Three terror groups — al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan — were working together on the plot to spring death-row inmate Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh,  military spokesman Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa said Friday, adding that the plan to attack Hyderabad Central Jail was close to execution, AFP reported.

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“A deputy leader of al-Qaeda in the subcontinent named Mussanah was mastermind of the plan and was arranging all the finances while he was aided by the deputy chief of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Naeem Bukhari,” Bajwa told a Karachi press conference.

Mussanah, Bukhari, and a man said to be their handler, named Huzaifa, were later paraded before the media in handcuffs.

Bajwa said the perpetrators had prepared two explosive-laden vehicles, which they were supposed to ram into the gate of the prison.

He added the plotters had a list of prisoners that they were supposed to kill after gaining access to the jail, while freeing around 100 prisoners including Sheikh.

Pearl, a 38-year-old American-Jewish journalist, was the South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal when he was abducted and beheaded in Karachi in 2002, while researching a story about Islamist militants.

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