- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 3, 2002

Pearl suspect's wife tries to block extradition
KARACHI, Pakistan The wife of the prime suspect in the kidnapping of slain U.S. reporter Daniel Pearl asked a Pakistani court to block the possible extradition of her husband, a court official said yesterday.
The official said Saadia Omar Saeed, wife of suspected kidnap ringleader Ahmed Omar Saeed, filed the petition Friday at the provincial Sindh High Court.
The United States has requested Saeed's extradition, but the Pakistani government has said it wants to complete his trial procedures before it agrees to hand him over.
The court official said the Sindh High Court set March 5 for hearing the petition. Saeed will be in police custody until March 12, when he is expected to appear next in court in Karachi.

India detains Pakistani diplomat
NEW DELHI A junior Pakistan diplomat and his driver were caught in New Delhi yesterday receiving classified documents from a local contact, an Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
The detention of the pair comes during a tense military standoff between India and Pakistan after an assault on India's Parliament last December that New Delhi blames on Pakistan-based rebels.
The diplomat and the driver would be asked to leave the country, the official said and added that their Indian contact has been arrested.
Pakistan's deputy high commissioner, Jalil Abbas Jeelani, called the Indian statement a fabrication to cover up what he said was "ill-treatment" of the two men by Indian authorities.
Pakistan's official APP news agency reported that a mob attacked a car from the Pakistan High Commission [embassy] in New Delhi, and that a driver and a staff member were missing.

Rebel chief among six arrested in Kashmir
SRINAGAR, India Indian paramilitary soldiers arrested the "supreme commander" of a pro-Pakistan militant group and six of his associates in the strife-torn Kashmir region, a paramilitary spokesman said yesterday.
An official of the Border Security Force said it apprehended Abdul Gani Dar, supreme commander of Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen with six others from Srinagar on Friday. Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen is fighting for Kashmir's merger with neighboring Pakistan.

Cuban briefly breaks into U.S. mission
HAVANA A young Cuban man broke into the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana yesterday but left soon afterward, just days after 21 men stormed the Mexican Embassy in a bid to get off the island, witnesses and U.S. officials said.
A witness said the man "jumped over the wall at 11:15 a.m." at the heavily guarded U.S. Interests Section on Havana's seafront Malecon Boulevard.
A U.S. official said the man, apparently under the influence of alcohol, was interviewed inside the building but left soon afterward by himself.

Ugandan troops kill 80 rebels in Sudan
KAMPALA, Uganda Ugandan troops killed at least 80 rebels in southern Sudan in a pre-dawn ambush after the rebels attacked a Ugandan village last week, an army spokesman said yesterday.
Ugandan army spokesman Maj. Shaban Bantariza said the rebels, killed on Friday, were part of a group of 300 who attacked the border town of Agaro last weekend, killing three persons and looting property before retreating into Sudan.

Harmful chemicals mailed to Blair
LONDON Anti-terrorist officers were trying to trace up to 14 packages containing dangerous chemicals yesterday after two were sent to Prime Minister Tony Blair's Downing Street residence and a lawmaker's female assistant.
Press Association, Britain's national news agency, said one parcel had been addressed to the prime minister's wife, Cherie Blair.
Scotland Yard said nobody had been injured. The parcels contained sodium hydroxide, or caustic soda, which is extremely corrosive and can cause blindness or scarring, disguised as Eucalyptus oil.


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