Supreme Court blocks Daniel Pearl’s murder suspect’s release

Pakistan’s top court has extended the detention of Omar Saeed Sheikh, the main suspect in the Daniel Pearl murder case.

The one-day extension was granted after a request from the Sindh government to review releasing the suspected terrorist..

Earlier, the Sindh government had filed a review petition in the Supreme Court against the acquittal of Sheikh.

The previous Supreme Court order to release Sheikh, who is convicted of being the mastermind behind the savage murder of Wall Street Journal Bureau Chief Daniel Pearl, sparked global outrage.

The United States called it “an affront to terrorism victims everywhere” and demanded the Pakistani government “review its legal options.”

The review petition was filed by prosecutor-general Sindh, who also requested an early hearing of the matter.

A three-member bench of the SC, headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial heard the Sindh government’s review petition.

Sheikh’s lawyer said. “The wrong man was caught under American pressure. Sheikh passed a law degree from the UK. If he hadn’t been in jail, he would have been a better lawyer than me,” Sheikh’s lawyer argued.

Justice Sajjad Ali Shah asked: “Tell us, when did the detention order of Omar Sheikh end?” 

To this, the lawyer responded that Sheikh’s detention order expired on December 1, 2020.

The hearing has been adjourned till tomorrow.

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