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Omar Sheikh acquittal: SC fixes Sindh govt’s overview petition for listening to

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In this file picture taken on March 29, 2002, police escort British-born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh in Karachi. — AFP

The Supreme Court has fastened for listening to a overview petition filed by the Sindh authorities towards the acquittal of Omar Sheikh, the person convicted for the brutal kidnap and homicide of US journalist Daniel Pearl.

A 3-member bench will hear the plea on February 1.

Sheikh was acquitted and his launched ordered by the Supreme Court on Thursday, after a three-member bench headed by Justice Mushir Alam introduced the decision with a 2-1 majority.

The Supreme Court, in its resolution, upheld the decision of the Sindh High Court which had additionally ordered his launch. The Sindh authorities had then appealed the Sindh High Court’s resolution on the high courtroom, the choice for which was introduced on Thursday.

Sindh govt’s petition

Following orders by the SC for Sheikh’s fast launch, the Sindh authorities mentioned that it’s going to file a overview petition.

The petition, filed on Friday by the prosecutor basic Sindh, additionally requested for an early listening to of the matter.

“Being aggrieved of and dissatisfied with the judgement of the Full Bench of this Hon’ble Court Comprising Mr Justice Mushir Alam, Mr Justice Sardar Tariq Masood and Mr Justice Yahya Afridi (the latter partly dissenting) in Criminal Appeal No.601 of 2020 dated 28.01.21, the petitioner files the instant Criminal Review Petition for Leave to Appeal on questions of law, facts and ground,” the petition said.

It pleaded the courtroom to overview its verdict and reinstate their sentences as there have been sure loopholes within the brief order.

The PG additionally sought one week to submit extra paperwork within the case.

US ‘outraged’

The administration of President Joe Biden on Thursday expressed its displeasure over the acquittal and provided to prosecute the accused within the United States.

The White House is “outraged by the Pakistani Supreme Court’s decision,” chief spokeswoman Jen Psaki instructed reporters, calling the ruling “an affront to terrorism victims everywhere” and demanded the Pakistani authorities “review its legal options.”

Furthermore, the newly appointed US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken right now talked to Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and urged him to “ensure accountability” within the Daniel Pearl homicide case.

Secretary Blinken urges Pakistan to ‘ensure accountability’ in Daniel Pearl’s homicide

Who was Daniel Pearl?

Pearl, the South Asia bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, was researching a narrative about militants when he was kidnapped in Karachi in January 2002.

Nearly a month later, after a string of ransom calls for, a graphic video exhibiting his decapitation was given to officers.

Sheikh, a British-born extremist who as soon as studied on the London School of Economics and had been concerned in earlier kidnappings of foreigners, was arrested days after Pearl’s abduction.

He was later sentenced to loss of life by hanging after telling a Karachi courtroom that Pearl had already been killed days earlier than the grotesque video of the journalist’s beheading had been launched.

Pearl’s household on Thursday referred to as the choice to free him “a travesty of justice” and pleaded for US intervention within the case.

“The release of these killers puts in danger journalists everywhere and the people of Pakistan. We urge the US government to take all necessary

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