Parents of Daniel Pearl Grateful for Pakistani Militant’s Arrest

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By Richard Horgan

It’s not clear yet what role Qari Abdul Hayee, leader of Pakistan’s sectarian militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, played in the 2002 abduction and killing of journalist Daniel Pearl. But his arrest Sunday in Karachi, the city where the Wall Street Journal reporter was taken hostage and later beheaded in 2002, has been welcomed by his parents. From the wire reports:

The journalist’s parents, Judea and Ruth Pearl, who live in the Los Angeles area, hailed the news in a statement issued through the Daniel Pearl Foundation.

“We are gratified with this latest arrest and hope that justice will be served in a timely manner on all those who were involved in the abduction and murder of our son, Danny,” they said.

Last month at UCLA, Condoleezza Rice was the featured speaker for the 11th Annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture. Read Judea’s opening remarks for that event here.

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