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Pakistan 'Most Wanted' list runs in ad

Pakistan appealed to its citizens for help in finding Osama bin Laden and 17 of his associates in this ad in the Daily Jang.
Pakistan appealed to its citizens for help in finding Osama bin Laden and 17 of his associates in this ad in the Daily Jang.  


KARACHI, Pakistan (CNN) -- In an advertisement placed in a mass-circulation Urdu language newspaper, Pakistan has issued an appeal for information to help it search for suspected terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden and 17 of his associates.

The ad in the Sunday edition of the Daily Jang newspaper included quotes from the Koran.

It called the people "dangerous religious terrorists" and said "surely Allah loves not the mischief-makers."

Thumbnail snapshots with names identifying the photos were spread across the ad, which was sponsored by the country's Ministry of Interior.

"And when it is said to them: 'Do not make mischief in the land,' They say: 'Nay, we are but reformists. Beware !! surely it is they who are the mischief-makers, but they know not,' " according to the ad.

Along with bin Laden, others listed in the ad are Ayman al-Zawahiri, bin Laden's lieutenant; Abdur Rehman Yasin; Ibrahim Saleh Mohammad al Yaqub; Sheikh Ahmad Salem Sovidan; Saif-al-Adil; Abdul Karim al-Nasir; Ammad Faiz Mughnia; Ahmad Ibrahim al-Mughsal; Fahid Mohammad Ali Musalim; Khalid Sheikh Mohammad; Ali Saeed Bin Ali al-Hori; Ahmad Khalfan Gillani; Mustafa Mohammad Fazil; Hassan Iz-ud-din; Abdullah Ahmad Abdullah; Fazal Abdullah Mohammad; and Ali Atuwa.

U.S. Special Forces are providing intelligence and assistance to the Pakistanis searching for al Qaeda and Taliban fighters who have crossed into Pakistan from Afghanistan.

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Senior American military officials say their latest intelligence estimates indicate there are as many as 1,000 al Qaeda and Taliban moving across the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Last week, 10 Pakistani security forces and several al Qaeda suspects were killed in a gun battle southwest of Islamabad that also resulted in the capture of at least one al Qaeda agent, Pakistani officials said. (Suspects seized)

Police have offered rewards totaling $320,000 for help in the suspects' capture. The photos and rewards were also published nationwide on Saturday in an advertisement in the English-language newspaper "Dawn."

Among the militants sought is at least one new suspect wanted in connection with the abduction and slaying of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl who disappeared on January 23 in Karachi. Four men accused of kidnapping and murdering Pearl are currently on trial in Pakistan.

The other suspects are wanted for a spate of recent bombings in Karachi including one blast that killed 12 Pakistanis outside the U.S. Consulate earlier this month, and another that killed 14 people -- including 11 French engineers -- near the Karachi Sheraton Hotel in May.

Over the past week, Pakistani police have made several arrests in their investigation of the two Karachi bombings.

It is the first time authorities named suspects for both of those blasts and comes a week after officials identified the group they believe responsible for the bombings.

Most of the men listed are believed to be members of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, an Islamic extremist group that was one of several organizations banned last year during a crackdown on religious extremism by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.

Dozens of Muslim militants -- most of them Pakistanis -- have been detained in Pakistan by police with FBI help for questioning in connection with the bombings. No charges have yet been laid.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has traditionally targeted Pakistan's Shiite Muslim minority and has not previously been identified with attacks against foreigners, The Associated Press reported.

But police have speculated they may now be working with al Qaeda affiliated groups to take action against Westerners and U.S. and Pakistani interests following the U.S.-led anti-terror campaign in Afghanistan and the U.S. military and FBI presence in Pakistan.



 
 
 
 







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