The Pakistan authorities on Saturday introduced that it could formally be part of the evaluate proceedings initiated by the Sindh administration towards the Supreme Court’s acquittal of British-born al-Qaeda terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and his three aides within the homicide of US journalist Daniel Pearl.
Pearl, the 38-year-old South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, was kidnapped and beheaded whereas he was in Pakistan investigating a narrative in 2002 on the hyperlinks between the nation’s highly effective spy company ISI and al-Qaeda.
The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the discharge of principal accused Sheikh and his aides — Fahad Naseem, Sheikh Adil and Salman Saqib — by dismissing appeals towards their acquittal by the Sindh High Court. The judgement was denounced by Pearl’s household as “a complete travesty of justice”.
The Sindh authorities on Friday filed a evaluate petition within the high court docket towards the acquittal of Sheikh and his three accomplices.
A spokesman of the Attorney General of Pakistan on Saturday introduced that the federal authorities will file an applicable software earlier than the highest court docket to be allowed to hitch as a celebration within the proceedings and additional search evaluate and recall of the court docket’s January 28 judgement.
The federal authorities will file an software for the structure of a bigger bench to listen to the evaluate petitions. In cooperation with the provincial authorities, the federal authorities will proceed to take all authorized steps to carry the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice in accordance with the regulation, the spokesman mentioned.
The announcement got here a day after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi over cellphone and mentioned the accountability of convicted terrorists answerable for the brutal homicide of Pearl.
Blinken additionally expressed “deep concern” excessive court docket’s judgement.
The Pakistan Foreign Office in a press release mentioned Qureshi “underscored that it was important and in the mutual interest that justice is served through legal means”.
According to some media studies, the Supreme Court would hear the evaluate petition on February 1. However, no formal announcement has been made as but.
In April 2020, a two-judge Sindh High Court bench commuted the loss of life sentence of 46-year-old Sheikh to seven years imprisonment. The court docket additionally acquitted his three aides who had been serving life phrases within the case — virtually twenty years after they had been discovered responsible and jailed.
The Sindh authorities and household of Pearl filed petitions within the high court docket, difficult the excessive court docket verdict.
The Sindh authorities invoked the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) Ordinance 1960 to maintain the 4 males underneath detention.
Their steady detention was challenged within the Sindh High Court (SHC), which on December 24 directed safety companies to not hold Sheikh and different accused underneath “any sort of detention” and declared all notifications of the Sindh authorities associated to their detention “null and void”.
The order elicited a direct response from the US, which on December 25 expressed its “deep concerns” over the SHC order.
The US State Department mentioned it’ll proceed to observe any developments within the case and can proceed to assist the Pearl household “through this extremely difficult process”, whereas honouring the legacy of the “courageous journalist”.
The US has been mounting strain on Pakistan, demanding justice for Pearl.
Last month, the US mentioned it is able to take custody of Sheikh, asserting that Washington won’t permit him to evade justice.
Sheikh in a handwritten letter to the SHC in 2019 admitted his restricted involvement within the killing of Pearl. The letter was introduced to the Supreme Court almost two weeks in the past and Sheikh’s lawyer on Wednesday confirmed the letter.
The accused, nevertheless, did not clarify the character of his position which he mentioned was “just minor”.