Pak foils attempt to free Daniel Pearl's killer

14 Feb 2016 | By Ramya
The story behind Daniel Pearl's murder

The Pakistan Army arrested around 97 militants associated with Al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi on 12 February 2016.

They also had thwarted an escape plan to free Ahmed Omar Saeed, the brain behind the WSJ journalist, Daniel Pearl's killing.

Reportedly, the Chiefs of 'Al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent', and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi were also arrested.

The arrested were accused of many previous attacks including the Karachi Airport attack.

In context: The story behind Daniel Pearl's murder

Introduction Who is Daniel Pearl?

Daniel Pearl was a journalist who was kidnapped and killed by Pakistani terrorists in February 2002.

He started working for the Wall Street Journal in 1990 in the Atlanta bureau and later moved to the Washington, London and Middle East departments.

He was serving as the Wall Street Journal's South Asia Bureau Chief, in Mumbai when he was abducted.

23 Jan 2002Daniel Pearl was abducted

Daniel was kidnapped on 23 January 2002 in Karachi, while on a routine investigation.

An organization called 'The National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty' sent an email to US authorities demanding the release of several Pakistani inmates at Guantanamo Bay.

Days later, a second email from the group arrived threatening to kill Daniel if their demands were not met within 24 hours.

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Videotape confirms Daniel Pearl's death

21 Feb 2002Videotape confirms Daniel Pearl's death

Weeks after his abduction, the terrorists sent a videotape to investigators in Pakistan, which confirmed Daniel Pearl's death.

The videotape allegedly depicted Pearl's capture and execution by his captors at an undisclosed location believed to be in Pakistan.

After a vigorous effort by the investigators, Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh, a British-Pakistani and the mastermind behind the abduction, was convicted on 12 February 2002.

Daniel Pearl's death not the first

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the WSJ reporter, Daniel Pearl is the tenth journalist to be killed while being involved in the war against terrorism.

15 Jul 2002Mastermind behind Daniel's kidnap sentenced to death

Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh, the brain behind Daniel's kidnap was judged to hang in Pakistan, on 15 July 2002.

Among the four who were found guilty, Sheikh was the only one to be sentenced to death.

The defiant militant said that a decisive war between Islam and the non-believers had begun, and issued a threat to the then President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf.

10 Mar 20079/11 mastermind admits decapitating Daniel

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, allegedly the no. 3 in Al-Qaeda confessed that he beheaded the WSJ journalist in a US military court hearing.

Reportedly, he also said that he is Al-Qaeda's 'military operational commander' for all foreign operations.

He also admitted that he was solely responsible for the 11 September 2001 attacks in the US.

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Ahmed Saeed Sheikh was released in 2000

Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the terrorist, was freed along with Maulana Masood Azhar and Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar as an exchange for the hostages of the hijacked Indian Airlines IC 814 flight, on 1 January 2000.

12 Feb 2014Ahmed Omar Saeed tries to take his life

Ahmed Omar Saeed, sentenced to death for killing Daniel Pearl attempted suicide on 12 February 2014 in the Hyderabad central jail in Pakistan.

A senior official said that he tried to hang himself in his separate cell, but was stopped by the prison officials.

According to another official, a case had been booked against him and he would receive additional punishment for attempting suicide.

14 Feb 2016Pak foils attempt to free Daniel Pearl's killer