Pak SC orders release of prime suspect in journalist Daniel Pearl's murder

Pearl was abducted and beheaded while he was in Pak, investigating a story in 2002 on the links between ISI and al-Qaeda

Press Trust of India Islamabad
Daniel Pearl

US journalist Daniel Pearl

Pakistan's Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday ordered the release of British-born Al-Qaeda militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the prime accused in the beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002 in Karachi.   The apex court dismissed the Sindh provincial government's appeal against the Sindh High Court's (SHC) decision to overturn the conviction of Sheikh for the beheading of Pearl, the 38-year-old South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal. According to the short verdict, a three-judge SC Bench headed by Justice Mushir Alam also directed to release the suspect. One member of the Bench opposed the decision.

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First Published: Jan 29 2021 | 2:03 AM IST

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