The Sindh government has extended the detention of Al-Qaeda leader Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and three of his associates for three months for the kidnapping and murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002. Was sentenced, but in April the High Court overturned the sentence.
The Sindh government had filed a petition in the Supreme Court to suspend the High Court’s decision to overturn the sentence of four convicts in the Pearl murder case, which was dismissed by the Supreme Court on 29 June. However, the court allowed the government to take steps to keep the culprits in custody. Their custody period ended on July 1.
Officials said that the Sindh government has extended the detention period of the convicts to 90 days. Karachi Central Jail Superintendent Hasan Cehtu told reporters that the culprits would remain in jail till 30 September. Significantly, two days after the decision of the Sindh High Court, the Sindh Government had imposed Public Maintenance Act on them to keep Sheikh and his three associates in jail.
38-year-old Daniel Pearl, head of the South Asia bureau of ‘The Wall Street Journal’, was abducted in Pakistan in 2002 when he was making news about alleged links between the country’s powerful intelligence agency ISI and al-Qaeda. And his head was beheaded. A two-judge bench of the Sindh High Court on April 2 overturned the death sentence of a UK-born 46-year-old al-Qaeda terrorist. In 2002, he was sentenced in Pearl’s kidnapping and murder case. He has been in jail for the last 18 years.