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Pearl, the 38-year-old South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, was kidnapped and beheaded while he was in Pakistan investigating a story in 2002 about alleged links between the country’s powerful spy agency ISI and al-Qaeda.

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  • Last Updated: April 30, 2020, 2:32 p.m. IST

Islamabad: The Sindh government of Pakistan has approached the Supreme Court, requesting an initial examination of its appeal against the provincial high court ruling that acquitted British-born al-Qaeda leader Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and three others in the abduction and killing of US journalist Daniel Pearl in Karachi in 2002.

Pearl, the 38-year-old South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, was kidnapped and beheaded while he was in Pakistan investigating a story in 2002 about alleged links between the country’s powerful spy agency ISI and al-Qaeda.

The Sindh government last week challenged at the Supreme Court on April 2 the provincial High Court date which overturned the conviction of murder and found Sheikh guilty of lower charges of kidnapping.

They also released three others, namely Sheikh Adil, Fahad Naseem and Salman Saqib, who were previously sentenced to life imprisonment by the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Karachi.

In a new appeal filed on Tuesday, the Sindh government informed the Supreme Court that there was concern about the absorption of Sheikh because there was strong evidence of his involvement in the abduction and killing of American journalists, reported the Dawn newspaper.

“The problem is very urgent, therefore, the request for the suspension of the April 2 Sindh High Court decision was heard as early as possible,” the new request stated.

He asked the top court to improve the hearing as early as possible, preferably in the coming week. In 2002, Omar Sheikh was arrested after a graphic video showing the beheading of American journalists had been sent to the US consulate. Subsequently, Sheikh was sentenced to death by the court.

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