Right Now Times: Pakistan’s Supreme Court has rejected a petition by the Sindh government seeking a stay on the Sindh High Court’s verdict in the murder case of American journalist Daniel Pearl and adjourned the hearing until September.
The bench said that if there was any flaw in the decision of the Sindh High Court, then a restraining order could be issued against the decision or it could be declared null and void.
Right Now Times: It may be recalled that in April this year, the Sindh High Court had quashed the death sentence of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the main accused in the murder case of American journalist Daniel Pearl, and upheld his seven-year imprisonment for kidnapping.
The court acquitted the other three accused and ordered their release.
Right Now Times: Expressing concern over the decision, the Sindh government had decided to appeal to the apex court and in the last hearing, the apex court had sought a record of the investigation and court proceedings related to Daniel Pearl’s case.
What happened in the Supreme Court hearing:
Right Now Times: According to correspondent Shehzad Malik, in the hearing on Monday, a three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Mushir Alam said that if there was any flaw in the decision of the Sindh High Court, then a restraining order was issued against the decision. May or may not be revoked.
Right Now Times: Provincial government lawyer Farooq H Naik argued in favor of the appeal, saying he had requested an early hearing before the routine hearing of the appeal because the Sindh High Court had ordered the release of the accused. Following the ruling, the provincial government has detained him under the Fear of Peace Act.
Right Now Times: Farooq H Naik said that the detention of the accused under this law expires on July 2, after which the government will have no choice but to release the accused.
The provincial government’s lawyer said the main suspects in Daniel Pearl’s murder were international terrorists, one belonging to a banned organization operating in Afghanistan and the other to an extremist organization in India. Is from
Right Now Times: Farooq H Naik said that if the accused were released, it could have serious repercussions.
Right Now Times: Addressing the Sindh government’s counsel, Justice Mushir Alam, who presided over the Supreme Court bench, said that if the provincial government wanted, the fear could extend the law of breach of peace.
Addressing the Sindh government’s counsel, Justice Yahya Afridi, who was present in the bench, asked how he could call the accused terrorists after his acquittal by a court.
Right Now Times: Lizman’s lawyer, Mohammad Kamran, said his client had been in jail for the past 18 years and had not seen the sun during that time.
Right Now Times: He said that due to non-availability of evidence, the Sindh High Court quashed the decision of the anti-terrorism court and commuted the death sentence of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the main accused in the case, to seven years. Ordered to be released.
Right Now Times: It should be noted that the anti-terrorism court had sentenced Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh to death while Salman Saqib, Sheikh Adil and Fahad Naseem were sentenced to life imprisonment in the 2002 murder case of American journalist Daniel Pearl.
The accused’s lawyer said that Omar Ahmed Sheikh had already served the same sentence as life imprisonment.
Right Now Times: The court has now adjourned the hearing of the appeal till September. Daniel Pearl’s parents have also applied to be a party in the case and the Supreme Court is likely to hear the application at the next hearing.
When the convicts’ appeal against the anti-terrorism court’s decision was being heard in the Sindh High Court, the heirs of the slain were not party to it.