Pak govt to affix evaluate proceedings of SC acquittals in Pearl homicide case
The Pakistan authorities on Saturday introduced that it will formally be a part of the evaluate proceedings initiated by the Sindh administration in opposition to the Supreme Courtroom’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 Avenue 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 Courtroom on Thursday ordered the discharge of major accused Sheikh and his aides — Fahad Naseem, Sheikh Adil and Salman Saqib — by dismissing appeals in opposition to their acquittal by the Sindh Excessive Courtroom. The judgement was denounced by Pearl’s household as “an entire travesty of justice”.
The Sindh authorities on Friday filed a evaluate petition within the apex court docket in opposition to the acquittal of Sheikh and his three accomplices.
A spokesman of the Legal professional Normal of Pakistan on Saturday introduced that the federal authorities will file an applicable software earlier than the apex court docket to be allowed to affix 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 deliver the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice in accordance with the legislation, the spokesman mentioned.
The announcement got here a day after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to International Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi over telephone and mentioned the accountability of convicted terrorists answerable for the brutal homicide of Pearl.
Blinken additionally expressed “deep concern” over the apex court docket’s judgement.
The Pakistan International Workplace in a press release mentioned Qureshi underscored that it was necessary and within the mutual curiosity that justice is served by authorized means.
In accordance with some media reviews, the Supreme Courtroom would hear the evaluate petition on February 1. Nonetheless, no formal announcement has been made as but.
In April 2020, a two-judge Sindh Excessive Courtroom 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 — nearly twenty years after they had been discovered responsible and jailed.
The Sindh authorities and household of Pearl filed petitions within the apex court docket, difficult the excessive court docket verdict.
The Sindh authorities invoked the Upkeep of Public Order (MPO) Ordinance 1960 to maintain the 4 males underneath detention.
Their steady detention was challenged within the Sindh Excessive Courtroom (SHC), which on December 24 directed safety companies to not preserve Sheikh and different accused underneath “any form of detention” and declared all notifications of the Sindh authorities associated to their detention “null and void”.
The order elicited an instantaneous response from the US, which on December 25 expressed its deep issues over the SHC order.
The US State Division mentioned it should proceed to watch any developments within the case and can proceed to help the Pearl household “by this extraordinarily tough course of”, whereas honouring the legacy of the “brave journalist”.
The US has been mounting strain on Pakistan, demanding justice for Pearl.
Final month, the US mentioned it is able to take custody of Sheikh, asserting that Washington is not going to 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 offered to the Supreme Courtroom practically two weeks in the past and Sheikh’s lawyer on Wednesday confirmed the letter.
The accused, nonetheless, did not clarify the character of his position which he mentioned was simply minor.
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