Passport of WSJ journalist Daniel Pearl, who was beheaded by his captors in 2002, on display at the now-closed Newseum in Washington DC | Flickr
Passport of WSJ journalist Daniel Pearl, who was beheaded by his captors in 2002, on display at the now-closed Newseum in Washington DC | Flickr
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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.

Read the court’s full order here:

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  1. Three articles in a row on Pakistan, all raising negative points about the country.
    I wonder if there is any positive side to Pakistanor for a change in the minds of the journalists who were asked to write these?

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