Pakistan Dismantles Al-Qaida’s Main Regional Network


ISLAMABAD—Pakistan announced it has dismantled al-Qaida’s main network in South Asia and foiled plans to break out of jail a man involved in the murder of journalist Daniel Pearl.

Lt. Gen. Asim Bajwa, the spokesman for Pakistan’s military, said they have arrested 97 militants, including Farooq Bhatti —also known as Musanna — the deputy chief of al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), 12 of the group’s financiers and 15 explosives experts. The head of this al-Qaida chapter is in Afghanistan, according to Bajwa.