The Supreme Court has fixed for hearing a review petition filed by the Sindh government against the acquittal of Omar Sheikh, convicted of the senseless kidnapping and murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl.
A three-member bench will hear the petition on February 1.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice Mushir Alam on Thursday acquitted Sheikh after a 2-1 majority and the Supreme Court on Thursday ordered his release.
The Supreme Court in its judgment upheld the decision of the Sindh High Court which had also ordered his release. The Sindh government had then appealed the Sindh High Court’s decision to the high court, which was announced on Thursday.
Request of Sindh Government
Following the Supreme Court’s order for Sheikh’s immediate release, the Sindh government said it would file a review petition.
A petition filed by the Sindh Prosecutor General on Friday sought an early hearing of the matter.
Anger and dissatisfaction with the decision of the full bench of this esteemed court in the Criminal Appeal No. 601 of 2020 comprising Mr. Justice Mushir Alam, Mr. Justice Sardar Tariq Masood and Mr. Justice Yahya Afridi (later partial disagreement). 28.01.21, the petitioner immediately files a criminal review application for leave of appeal on questions relating to law, facts and basis.
He asked the court to reconsider its decision and reinstate his sentence as there were some flaws in the short order.
PG also asked for a week to present further documents in the case.
On Thursday, President Joe Biden’s administration expressed outrage at his acquittal and offered to prosecute the accused in the United States.
Chief Spokeswoman Jane Sackie told reporters that “the White House is outraged by the Pakistani Supreme Court’s decision,” calling the decision “a struggle for victims of terrorism everywhere.” What is required to “review options”?
In addition, newly appointed US Secretary of State Anthony J. Blanken spoke to Secretary of State Shah Mehmood Qureshi today and urged him to “ensure accountability” in the Daniel Pearl murder case.
Secretary Blankenship called on Pakistan to “ensure accountability” in the assassination of Daniel Pearl
Who was Daniel Pearl?
Pearl, the South Asia bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, was investigating a story about the militants when they were abducted in Karachi in January 2002.
About a month later, following a ransom demand, a graphic video was given to the authorities, which cut it off.
A British-born extremist who once attended the London School of Economics and was involved in previous kidnappings of foreigners was arrested just days after Pearl’s abduction.
He was later hanged after telling a Karachi court that Pearl had been killed just days before the gruesome video of the beheading of a journalist was released.
Pearl’s family on Thursday called the decision to release him an “adornment of justice” and called for US intervention.
“The release of these killers has put the Pakistani people everywhere and in danger. We urge the US government to take all necessary steps.”
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