Pakistani security officials recently captured a former terrorist leader who is believed to have planned the 2002 kidnapping and murder of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl, JTA reports. Qari Abdul Saeed, also known as Asadullah, was arrested by Pakistani Sindh Rangers. He is accused of two decades of terror activity.
Pearl’s parents, Judea and Ruth, said in a statement, “We are gratified with this latest arrest and hope that justice will be served in a timely manner on all of those who were involved in the abduction and murder of our son.” Pearl, The Wall Street Journal South Asia bureau chief, was researching a story about Islamist militants when he was kidnapped in Karachi in January 2002 and murdered a month later.
His final words as he was about to be beheaded were “My father is Jewish. My mother is Jewish. I am Jewish.” Those words were also immortalized on the gravestone of the late NYC mayor, Edward I. Koch.