The US has expressed displeasure over the release of British-origin al-Qaeda terrorist Ahmed Omar Sheikh by Pakistan’s Supreme Court in the kidnapping and murder case of American journalist Daniel Pearl. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he was deeply concerned about the release of Omar Sheikh. We are committed to giving justice to the Pearl family and holding the terrorists accountable.
Let us know that the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday rejected the appeals filed against the acquittal of British-origin al-Qaeda terrorist Ahmed Omar Sheikh in the kidnapping and murder case of American journalist Daniel Pearl. The court also ordered the release of Sheikh in this sensational case.
Pearl (38), the South Asia bureau chief of ‘The Wall Street Journal’, was kidnapped in Karachi in 2002 when he was gathering information for a news report on relations between Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI and Al Qaeda . He was then beheaded and murdered. Sheikh and his three associates were convicted in the case and sentenced.
The Supreme Court dismissed the Sindh Provincial Government’s appeal against the Sindh High Court’s decision in which Sheikh’s sentence for Pearl’s murder was abolished. A bench of three judges also ordered the suspect to be released. A member of the bench opposed the decision.
His lawyer Mahmood Sheikh told the media that the bench upheld the order of the Sindh High Court in which the appeals were dismissed and ordered to release Sheikh. A two-judge bench of the Sindh High Court overturned Omar Sheikh’s death sentence in April 2020 and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment and acquitted three other accused, Fahad Naseem, Sheikh Adil and Salman Saqib. .
These accused were earlier sentenced to life imprisonment by the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC). The Sindh government and Daniel Pearl’s family filed petitions in the Supreme Court challenging the High Court’s decision.