Pakistan Arrests 'Senior Yemeni Al-Qaeda Operative'
A senior Yemeni al-Qaeda operative has been arrested in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, Pakistan's army says.
Mohammed Ali Qasim, also known as Abu Suhaib al-Makki, had been working under al-Qaeda leaders along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, a statement said.
The army said his arrest was a "major development in unravelling the al-Qaeda network operating in the region".
An Abu Suhaib al-Makki was once named by a jihadist website as a leader of a group of "Arab Afghans" in Afghanistan.
The army statement did not say when the arrest operation took place.
Questions have been raised about the commitment of Pakistan's security forces to fighting al-Qaeda since Osama Bin Laden was killed in a raid by US commandos in the northern town of Abbottabad on 2 May.
Officials have strenuously denied allegations that they knew Bin Laden was in the garrison town not far from Islamabad or helped him hide there.
On Monday, US Senator John Kerry publicly defended the raid during meetings with Pakistani leaders in Islamabad.
He said the secrecy surrounding the mission was crucial to its success, and stressed the need for both countries to get their relationship back on track and work together to combat terrorism.