Daniel Pearl’s killer turns his prison guards

What death row?

Omar Saeed Sheikh, a hijacker of Indian Airlines flight IC-814 and killer of Daniel Pearl, is officially on the death row in Pakistan. This is the man who epitomises the links between Osama bin Laden, Pakistan’s military establishment, the 9/11 hijackers, British jihadis and Kashmiri terrorists. Putting him on the death row, and holding him in an ‘isolation’ cell helps Musharraf keep a key witness out of American, British and Indian hands. But that ‘isolation’ seems to be one-sided, as Omar Saeed has been rather effective in turning his prison guards.

Accoring to prison officals, Ahmed Omer Saeed Sheikh is dangerous and charismatic. The British-born Islamist murderer of the American journalist Daniel Pearl has managed to convert the first four constables that were stationed outside his cell. This has moved prison authorities to rotate the guards staioned outside his cell almost every day. “He is capable of converting the entire jail staff,” said one official.

Sheikh rejected the “pillars of Western civilisation”, pledged allegiance to the one-eyed fugitive Taliban leader Mulla Omar and declared that jihad would never cease, even if Bin Laden and Omar were killed. “Islamic resurgence will continue even if all the better-known leaders are martyred or captured,” he said. His uncompromising pronouncements came as Mr Pearl’s parents, Judea and Ruth, noted with “sadness and disappointment” the failure of Pakistan to carry out Sheikh’s death sentence, imposed three years ago after he was tried for their son’s kidnap, and suggested that he could be implicated in planning bombings in London and elsewhere.

“Using the protection of his jail cell, [Sheikh] reportedly keeps in touch with his friends and followers in Pakistan and Britain, and advises them on future courses of action,” they wrote in the Journal. [DT]

Perhaps Mr Blair should ask the good general which of the following is causing him to protect this terrorist: human rights, liberty or freedom of speech?

4 thoughts on “Daniel Pearl’s killer turns his prison guards”

  1. It completely baffles me why the world cannot see what a crook Musharraf is. His attitude towards the UK contradictory to how he reacted after 9/11. What other events will be necessary, before someone decides that he has to go and runs a covert operation to get him out of power. I personally would like that he is abducted out of his country and put before the World Court in the Hague and tried on the same lines as Milosevic has been. Asking that of the Pakistanis I guess is too much.

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