WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Antony Blinken has spoken with the household of slain American journalist Daniel Pearl, and guaranteed them that the US authorities stays dedicated to pursuing justice and accountability for these concerned in his kidnapping and homicide in Pakistan.
Pearl, the 38-12 months-previous South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, was kidnapped and beheaded whereas he was in Pakistan investigating a narrative in 2002 on the hyperlinks between the nation’s highly effective spy company ISI and al-Qaeda.
“Blinken spoke with members of the family of Daniel Pearl and their representatives today to assure them that the US government remains committed to pursuing justice and accountability for those involved in Daniel’s kidnapping and murder,” State Department Spokesperson Ned Price mentioned on Friday.
Last week, Pakistan’s Supreme Court criticised the prosecution for its failure to show the guilt of British-born al-Qaeda terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the primary accused within the sensational kidnapping and homicide of Pearl in 2002.
His homicide came about three years after Sheikh, alongside with Jaish-e-Mohammad chief (JeM) Masood Azhar and Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar, was launched by India in 1999 and given protected passage to Afghanistan in change for the practically 150 passengers of hijacked Indian Airlines Flight 814.
The beheading of the American journalist in 2002 had grabbed worldwide headlines
Sheikh and his three aides – Fahad Naseem, Sheikh Adil and Salman Saqib – have been convicted and sentenced within the abduction and homicide case of Pearl in Karachi in 2002.
The Sindh High Court on April 2, 2020 commuted the loss of life sentence of Sheikh convicted of kidnapping and murdering US journalist Pearl in 2002 to seven years and acquitted three others who have been serving life phrases within the case – virtually twenty years after they have been discovered responsible and jailed.
The Supreme Court on January 28 ordered authorities to launch the accused whereas issuing a break up order.
It ordered that three others, who had been sentenced to life in jail for his or her half in Pearl’s kidnapping and loss of life, even be freed.
Reacting to the acquittal, Blinken, in a strongly worded assertion in January, urged Pakistan to discover all authorized choices to make sure that the killers of Pearl are delivered to justice.
“The United States is deeply concerned by the Pakistani Supreme Court’s decision to acquit those involved in Daniel Pearl’s kidnapping and murder and any proposed action to release them,” he mentioned.
The Supreme Court judgment mentioned the bulk of judges have been entertaining no quantity of doubt that prosecution had did not convey residence guilt of the accused/respondents and appellant because the proof furnished through the trial is full of factual and authorized defects.
Voicing outrage over the acquittal of Sheikh and his aides, the White House had requested Pakistan to expeditiously assessment its authorized choices, together with permitting the US to prosecute them to safe justice for Pearl’s household.
Amid mounting strain from the US and the UN, the federal authorities filed an utility earlier than the apex court docket to be allowed to affix as a celebration within the proceedings and additional search assessment and recall of the court docket’s January 28 judgement.