US welcomes Pakistan’s decision to appeal Daniel Pearl case verdict

US welcomes Pakistan’s decision to appeal Daniel Pearl case verdict

Washington (Web Desk): The US has welcomed Pakistan's decision to file an appeal against overturning of three convictions and commuting death sentence of prime accused kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal journalist Daniel Pearl by the Sindh High Court (SHC).

“The overturning of the convictions for Daniel Pearl’s murder is an affront to victims of terrorism everywhere. We welcome Pakistan’s decision to appeal the verdict. Those responsible for Daniel's heinous kidnapping and murder must face the full measure of justice,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Allice Wells in a tweet.

On Thursday, the SHC overturned the conviction of prime accused Ahmed Omer Saeed Sheikh in the kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

A two-member bench comprising justice KK Agha and Justice Zulfiqar Ali Sangi announced a verdict on appeals filed by Sheikh, a British national, and co-accused against the conviction in 2002.

Saeed has already spent 18 years in prison on death row and the seven-year sentence was expected to be counted as time served.

The court also acquitted three others accused in the case: Fahad Naseem, Sheikh Adil, and Salman Saqib, who were earlier sentenced to life in prison.

The SHC further dismissed an appeal of the state seeking enhancement of life term of three co-accused.

Pearl, 38, was the South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal when he was abducted in Karachi in January 2002 while researching a story about religious extremists in Karachi.