The US has again pushed Pakistan seeking justice for the muder of American journalist Daniel Pearl. A court in Sindh province acquitted the prime accused and British-born top al-Qaeda leader Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and three others in the case. After that, Daniel’s family filed an appeal before the Supreme Court against the verdict.
The 38-year-old Pearl was the South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal. He was abducted and beheaded while he was in Pakistan probing a story in 2002 on the alleged links between the country’s powerful spy agency ISI and al-Qaeda.
A 46-year-old al-Qaeda leader Sheikh’s death sentence was overturned by a two-judge Sindh High Court, on April 2. Sheikh was convicted in the abduction and murder of Pearl in 2002. He was in jail for the past 18 years.
Three of his companions, Fahad Naseem, Salman Saqib and Sheikh Adil- who were serving life sentences in the case, were also acquitted by the court.
“On the eve of World Press Freedom Day, we honour the legacy of journalist Daniel Pearl. We appreciate the Govt of Pakistan”s 4/22 appeal to reinstate guilty verdicts against Daniel”s murderers, now buttressed by the filing of the Pearl family”s appeal before the Supreme Court,” State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells tweeted on Sunday.
Pearl’s parents filed an appeal to Pakistan’s Supreme Court on May 2, seeking reversal of the Sindh High Court verdict that overturned convictions of four men in their son”s kidnapping and murder case. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, last month, mounted pressure on Pakistan by demanding justice for murdered American journalist Pearl. “We continue to honour his legacy as a courageous journalist and demand justice for his brutal murder,” Pompeo had said.