Sindh government moved a petition in Supreme Court seeking review of its decision of acquitting Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the principal accused in the murder case of US journalist Daniel Pearl.
According to the details, the Sindh government through its prosecutor general moved the petition in the apex court, pleading with it to review its decision of acquitting the main accused.
The Apex Court ordered the release of Omar Sheikh, who was convicted for the abduction and murder of US journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002.
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.
The 38-year-old South Asia bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal, Daniel Pearl, was researching for a story on religious extremists in January 2002 in Karachi, when he was abducted and slain.
On the other hand, the White House also expressed outrage at the decision by Court.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters in a press briefing that, “The United States is outraged by the Pakistani Supreme Court’s decision to affirm the acquittals of those responsible for Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl’s kidnapping and brutal murder, which shocked the world’s conscience in 2002.”
The White House calls “on the Pakistani government to expeditiously review its legal options, including allowing the United States to prosecute [Ahmad Saeed Omar] Sheikh for the brutal murder of an American citizen and journalist and we are committed to securing justice for Daniel Pearl’s family and holding terrorists anywhere accountable for their heinous crimes,” She added.