“We are deeply concerned by the reports of the December 24 ruling of Sindh high court to release multiple terrorists responsible for the murder of Daniel Pearl. We have been assured that the accused have not been released at this time,” the State Department said in a readout on Thursday, without mentioning Saeed’s name.
A court in Pakistan earlier this week ordered the release of the British-born terrorist who was accused of killing WSJ South Asia correspondent Daniel Pearl in 2002 after government prosecutors failed to make the case against him although 18 years have passed since the gruesome murder. Sheikh was acquitted of the murder earlier this year but had remained in jail after an appeal against that decision began.
But the Sindh high court in Karachi ruled this week that Sheikh’s temporary detention was illegal and he should be released soon.
The State Department, however, cottoned on to the judicial caper and virtually called for his continued incarceration.
“We understand that this case is ongoing and will be following closely. We continue to stand with the Pearl family through this extremely difficult process. We continue to honour Daniel Pearl’s legacy as a courageous journalist,” it tweeted.
(2/3)We understand that this case is ongoing and will be following closely. We continue to stand with the Pearl fam… https://t.co/Om3MBhu7TE
— State_SCA (@State_SCA) 1608835535000
Saeed is one of the dozens of terrorists who flocked to Pakistan in the 90s when it provided fertile ground and support for terrorism in an effort to leverage their violence for its political objectives. The policy, including support for the Taliban in Afghanistan, led to 9/11, which too resulted in Islamabad milking the situation for billions of dollars as it gave spotty access to the US hunting down the perpetrators.
Pakistan’s luck finally a ran out during the Obama era and it became completely marginalized in the Trump years, also individual US lawmakers and special interest still tried to parcel out aid to a country that has repeatedly bitten the hand that fed it. Only last week Pakistan was in the news again for a $ 25 million aid for promoting democracy and gender studies tucked into the spending bill at a time millions of Americans are in dire straits because of the coronavirus pandemic.