New Delhi: Pakistan’s Sindh High Court Thursday overturned the death sentence awarded to Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, a British-born terrorist, for the 2002 beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl, but upheld the kidnapping charge.
The court awarded Sheikh a seven-year sentence while acquitting the three others in the case. The Sindh government acted swiftly to invoke the Maintenance of Public Order, which allows it to keep the four convicts behind bars for three months.
The US Friday criticised the Pakistani court for its verdict, calling it an “affront” to the victims of terrorism everywhere, PTI reported.
Pearl was the 38-year-old South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal who was abducted while he was in Karachi investigating a story on the alleged links between the Pakistan’s powerful spy agency ISI and the terror organisation al Qaeda. He was beheaded by his captors, a video of which emerged four weeks after.