The Sindh government on Friday ordered the detention of 4 men set to be released after being acquitted by the Sindh High Court (SHC) over the murder of US journalist Daniel Pearl, and authorities said they would challenge the acquittal next week.
The Sindh high court SHC had on Thursday acquitted the four, including Briton Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who was sentenced to death in 2002 for masterminding Pearl’s murder. The other three were sentenced to life.
Wall Street Journal reporter Pearl, 38, was investigating militants in Karachi,Pakistan after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States when he was kidnapped in January 2002. He was beheaded weeks later.
The ministry of Interior Government of Pakistan reiterates its commitment to follow due process under the laws of the country to bring terrorists to task,” the statement added.
The US denounced Thursday’s acquittal of the 4, with the top US diplomat for South Asia writing on Twitter that it was “an affront to victims of terrorism everywhere”.
“We welcome Pakistan’s decision to appeal the verdict. Acting US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells said.
Main accused Sheikh was born in Britain, and enjoyed a privileged upbringing and studied at the London School of Economics.
He was arrested in India, for his involvement in the kidnapping of Western tourists in 1994.
He was one of 3 men released from an Indian prison after militants hijacked an Indian airliner in late 1999 and flew it to Afghanistan, where the then-ruling Taliban government helped negotiate an exchange.