Daniel Pearl Case; Rangers Arrest High Profile LeJ Man from Karachi

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: The Rangers on Sunday arrested a Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) leader, who had been reportedly involved in several high profile cases during a raid in the port city of Karachi.
 
The former president of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s (LeJ) Sindh chapter, Qari Abdul Hayee alias Asadullah, was allegedly involved in the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl which got immense coverage in the international media. Subsequently, he was arrested in 2003 from Multan and implicated in the case with charges of planning and carrying out the kidnapping and murder of Pearl.
 
Hayee was also facing the charges of helping his accomplice, Riaz Basra, in fleeing from the Lahore Sessions Court in 1994.
 
After his arrest, the high profile LeJ leader was shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation.
 
A black warrant had been issued in January, 1994 against Hayee for his involvement in the Shehr Sultan killings. Police investigations claimed that Hayee had thrown grenades on a Shia mosque in Sher Sultan and opened indiscriminate fire along with his two accomplices in the attack. About six people died in the incident and Sher Sultan police registered a case against the accused.
 
A bounty amounting to Rs2 million was announced for his arrest. 
 
Hayee was arrested and had been awarded the death sentence by the Dera Ghazi Khan Anti-Terrorism Court on six counts for killing six people in the Shehr Sultan attack.
Given internal differences, Qari had reportedly formed his own Qari Asad group.
 
Published on March 18, 2013

 
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Author: Naimat

Karachi based journalist, writing on national and international issues.

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