The US has once more prodded Pakistan by searching for justice for murdered American journalist Daniel Pearl, days after his household filed an attraction earlier than the Supreme Court docket towards a verdict by a courtroom in Sindh province which acquitted the prime accused and British-born prime al-Qaeda chief Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and three others within the case.
Pearl, the 38-year-old South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Avenue Journal, was kidnapped and beheaded whereas he was in Pakistan investigating a narrative in 2002 on the alleged hyperlinks between the nation’s highly effective spy company ISI and al-Qaeda.
On April 2, a two-judge Sindh Excessive Court docket bench overturned the demise sentence of 46-year-old al-Qaeda chief Sheikh, who was convicted within the abduction and homicide of Pearl in 2002. He has been in jail for the previous 18 years.
The courtroom additionally acquitted his three aides – Fahad Naseem, Salman Saqib and Sheikh Adil- serving life sentences within the case. The bench introduced the decision on the appeals filed by the 4 convicts 18 years in the past.
“On the eve of World Press Freedom Day, we honour the legacy of journalist Daniel Pearl. We admire the Govt of Pakistan”s 4/22 attraction to reinstate responsible verdicts towards Daniel”s murderers, now buttressed by the submitting of the Pearl household”s attraction earlier than the Supreme Court docket,” State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells tweeted on Sunday.
On April 22, Pakistan’s Sindh authorities challenged within the Supreme Court docket the provincial excessive courtroom”s verdict that acquitted Sheikh and three others within the abduction and homicide of Pearl. And on April 28, the federal government requested for an early listening to.
On Might 2, the mother and father of Pearl filed an attraction to Pakistan’s Supreme Court docket searching for reversal of the Sindh Excessive Court docket verdict that overturned convictions of 4 males of their son”s kidnapping and homicide case.
Two prison petitions have been filed by famend lawyer Faisal Siddiqi on behalf of the mother and father – Ruth Pearl and Judie Pearl – towards the acquittal and launch of the 4 accused.
“The choice by the Sindh Excessive Court docket to free the lads within the homicide of Daniel Pearl is a whole miscarriage of justice…,” the lawyer stated.
In response to the petition, the Sindh Excessive Court docket has failed to notice that this was a brutal homicide on account of worldwide terrorism and the precept of the usual of proof, in addition to the advantage of doubt in instances of worldwide terrorism, must be utilized conserving within the context that the character and kind of proof obtainable in such terrorism instances can’t be equated with instances involving non-terrorism crimes.”
Final month, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo additionally mounted strain on Pakistan by demanding justice for murdered American journalist Pearl.
“The USA won’t neglect Daniel Pearl,” Pompeo tweeted on April 3.
“We proceed to honour his legacy as a brave journalist and demand justice for his brutal homicide,” he had stated.
Pearl’s homicide came about three years after Sheikh, together with Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar and Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar, was launched by India in 1999 and given protected passage to Afghanistan in trade for the practically 150 passengers of hijacked Indian Airways Flight 814. He was serving a jail time period in India for kidnappings of Western vacationers within the nation.