Following the order of the release of Omar Sheikh, the killer of journalist Daniel Pearl, the US has now reacted sharply to Pakistan. US Secretary of State Tony Blinken has said that this decision of the Pakistani Supreme Court is an insult to the victims of terrorism. Blinken has also said that the US is fully prepared to punish Omar Sheikh for committing horrific crimes with his citizens.
Blinken said, “We hope that the Pakistani government will review all its legal options as soon as possible to ensure justice.” We are also ready to prosecute Sheikh in the United States for horrific crimes against an American citizen. ‘
Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the release of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, a British-origin Al-Qaeda terrorist, the main accused in the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl. In 2002, Pearl, 38, head of The Wall Street Journal’s South Asia bureau, was beheaded in Karachi.
US Secretary of State Tony Bliken expressed concern about the decision of the Pakistani Supreme Court and made a strong statement that Islamabad should find all kinds of legal options to punish Pearl’s killers.
Pearl was kidnapped in 2002 while he was gathering information for a news report on relations between Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI and Al Qaeda. Pearl was then beheaded and murdered. In this case, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and his three associates Fahad Naseem, Sheikh Adil and Salman Saqib were convicted by Kot in the kidnapping and murder case.
The Sindh High Court overturned Omar Sheikh’s death sentence in April 2020 and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment and acquitted three other accused Fahad Naseem, Sheikh Adil and Salman Saqib.