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Pakistani court demands release of man convicted of murder of Daniel Pearl

A Pakistani district court has ordered the release of four men convicted of the murder of US journalist Daniel Pearl. Analysts said it would further strain Pakistan’s relations with the United States.

Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh was sentenced to death for organizing the kidnapping and murder of Pearl, who was decapitated after being tortured for several days. Three other men, Fahadna Seam, Salman Sakib, and Sheikh Adil, were sentenced to life imprisonment for the killing of a Wall Street Journal reporter who disappeared in a port city in Karachi in 2002 while investigating stories about al-Qaeda terrorism. It was done. Communication network.

In April, the State High Court in southern Sindh said Man to be released After Sheikh’s death sentence was sentenced to imprisonment and the sentences of the other three men were shortened. The time they were in custody was considered to be the fulfillment of their sentence.

On Thursday, Judge KK Agha of the Sindh High Court ruled that there was no good reason to keep men in “all kinds of detention,” and added that their detention order was “invalid.”

A senior attorney on behalf of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government told the Financial Times that the government would approach the Pakistani Supreme Court “within a few days” to “overturn Thursday’s decision.”

Mr. Khan’s government and Pearl’s parents have already appealed the April order in the Supreme Court. A senior Islamabad official said Thursday that Mr. Khan’s administration would pursue the case “intensively.”

“The crime was very serious,” he told FT. “The final outcome of this proceeding is carefully watched outside Pakistan. Justice must be seen to take place.”

Daniel Pearl disappeared in the port city of Karachi in 2002 © Reuters

Analysts said the development would undermine Pakistan’s international reputation, especially its relationship with the United States.

“U.S. media and think tanks see this development as strengthening Pakistan’s image as a country with weak legal systems and room for hardliners,” said Hasan Askari Rizbi, a security analyst in Pakistan. I’m looking forward to it. “

Ghazi Salahuddin, senior columnist in the English newspaper The News, said: “There is certainly a reaction from the United States and other Western nations. The killing of Daniel Pearl was one of the most horrifying of its kind.”

It was unknown Thursday night if the man left prison. A government official said the combination of Christmas and weekends could not result in release by Monday, adding that this could give the government time to initiate an appeal.

The judge banned the four from leaving Pakistan and ordered them to appear in court whenever they were called. A senior Pakistani official said the man “will continue to be monitored very carefully if released.”

Pakistani court demands release of man convicted of murder of Daniel Pearl

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