SC stops Sindh from releasing Danial Pearl murder accused till Tuesday
The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday stopped the Sindh government from releasing murder accused of US journalist Danial Pearl till tomorrow (Tuesday), reported 24NewsHD TV channel reported.
SC also rejected the Attorney General of Pakistan petition against acquittal order of murder accused and sought case record from Sindh government in next hearing on Tuesday.
The full member bench of SC extended one-day interim detention order of Daniel Pearl murder accused, Omer Sheikh.
The verdict was announced by a full member bench headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial. The case has been adjourned till Tuesday (tomorrow).
The court heard the case of Sindh government and federal government review petition for the acquittal of accused in the murder of American journalist.
Attorney General of Pakistan argued the court did not issue a notice to the federal government on the prime accused involved in the murder of US journalist.
Later, Mahmood Ahmed Sheikh, lawyer of accused Omar Sheikh, pleaded that Ahmed Omar Sheikh is ‘innocent’ and those involved in murder case have been released.
He demanded that besides everything else, Indian-American assistant of late Daniel Pearl Asra Naumani should be interrogated first of all, who told that the journalist was missing.
“If I were in the US government, I would have caught Daniel Pearl's assistant. Her computer data must have been checked. Anyone can be labelled as terrorist,” he further said.
He claimed that a wrong person was detained on the pressure of the United States as this does not happen to any accused in the world.
“He is a law graduate from America and if he would have not been in jail, he must be a better lawyer than me,” Mahmood Ahmed Sheikh maintained.
Ahmed Omar Sheikh has been in solitary confinement for more than 16 years, the counsel of the Omar Sheikh told the media person outside the Supreme Court in Islamabad on Monday.
“Omar Sheikh went on an India tour and detained. Daniel Pearl was assassinated on January 23, 2002 while Omar Sheikh handed himself to authorities on February 5, 2002,” he said.
Earlier this week, the SC acquitted Ahmed Omer Saeed Sheikh, the principal accused in the murder of the Wall Street Journal’s bureau chief for South Asia, by extending the benefit of the doubt to him.
Headed by Justice Mushir Alam, a three-judge Supreme Court bench also comprising Justice Sardar Tariq Masood and Justice Yahya Afridi ordered that Sheikh, Fahad Naseem Ahmed, Syed Salman Saqib and Shaikh Muhammad Adil be set free forthwith, if not required to be detained in connection with any other case.