28 July 2005 -- U.S. President George W. Bush and his Pakistani counterpart Pervez Musharraf spoke by telephone today, after Islamabad detained a suspect in the murder of a U.S. reporter.
A White House spokesman, Scott McClellan, said the two leaders talked about bilateral relations, the global war on terrorism and regional issues.
The conversation came after Pakistani police said they had arrested a militant wanted in the kidnapping and murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002. Police said the suspect, Hashim Qadeer, was arrested in the eastern city of Gujranwala late yesterday as part of a general crackdown on suspected militants.
In the southwest city of Quetta alone, police said today it arrested overnight more than 110 suspected militants and Islamist activists.