The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered the release of Omar Sheikh, who was convicted for the abduction and murder of US journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002.
According to the details, a three-member bench, headed by Justice Mushir Alam and comprising Justice Sardar Tariq Masood and Justice Yahya Afridi heard the appeals filed by the Sindh government and Pearl’s parents challenging the acquittal of the previously convicted men by the SHC.
While upholding the Sindh High Court’s decision, the three-judge bench of the Supreme Court announced its verdict today with a majority of two to one.
Omar Sheikh was convicted of helping lure Pearl to a meeting in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi, during which he was kidnapped.
Sheikh was sentenced to death and three other suspects were sentenced to life in prison for their roles in the plot by the Anti-Terrorism Court in Hyderabad in 2002.
Four convicts of the murder case, Ahmed Omer Saeed and others then moved the Sindh High Court (SHC) challenging their convictions handed down by ATC Hyderabad.
A bench of the high court then declared a notification with regard to detention of four accused Ahmed Omer Saeed Shaikh, Fahad Naseem, Salman Saqib and Sheikh Adil, as null and void and ordered their immediate release from jail.
However, Sindh Government halted the release of Omar Saeed Sheikh and three others in view of Supreme Court’s order.
On Jan 21, 2021; SC bench heard the criminal petition, filed by the government of Sindh as well as parents of Daniel Pearl for leave to appeal under Article 185(3) of the Constitution against the impugned judgment passed by Sindh High Court in April 2020.