Terror Behind Bars

When a Pakistani judge ordered the death penalty for Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh in July 2002 for the murder of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl, the Islamic militant was defiant. In court Sheikh had his lawyer read a threat to Pakistan's President: "Let's see who dies first, me or Musharraf." Now, after two bomb attempts in December on President Pervez Musharraf's life, investigators are treating Sheikh's warning as more than just bravado. Most of the dozen or so plotters who twice placed bombs on Musharraf's motorcade route belonged to Jaish-e-Muhammad, an outlawed militant group of which Sheikh was a top member and...

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