The Pakistan government on Saturday announced its inclusion in the Review Petition filed to review the decision of the Pakistani Supreme Court in the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl. Surprising all, the Supreme Court had released a Pakistani-origin British citizen and Al Qaeda terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed and his three accomplices on the charge of killing Pearl. The Sindh administration has filed a review petition to review the decision.
Daniel Pearl (38), the South Asia bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal newspaper, was kidnapped in 2002 while covering a story in Pakistan and later beheaded. Pearl was doing a story on relations between Pakistan’s powerful intelligence agency ISI and Osama bin Laden’s terrorist organization Al Qaeda.
The High Court of Pakistan acquitted Saeed and his three associates Fahd Naseem, Sheikh Adil and Salman Saqib a few days ago on the murder of Pearl. On Thursday, the Pakistani Supreme Court dismissed an appeal against the High Court’s decision. Against this, the Sindh government filed a review petition against this decision in the Supreme Court on Friday. On Saturday, during a hearing on this review petition, a spokesman for the Attorney General of Pakistan informed the federal government about filing a petition in the Supreme Court to be heard as a party.