The Supreme Court observed on Monday that the record presented by the Sindh government in the Daniel Pearl murder case was incomplete.
Pearl, who worked with the Wall Street Journal, was killed in Karachi in 2002. His killers were initially handed death sentences but they challenged the sentences in the Sindh High Court.
The Sindh High Court heard their appeals after 18 years and acquitted Adil Sheikh, Salman Saqib and Fahad Nasim on April 2. The court also modified the sentence of Ahmed Omer Saeed Sheikh.
But the Sindh government and Pearl’s family filed separate petitions in the Supreme Court challenging the suspects’ acquittal.
Three appeals filed by the Sindh government and two by Pearl’s parents against the acquittal of Ahmed Omer Shaikh and three others were fixed for a first preliminary hearing in the Supreme Court Monday.
The hearing was to decide three things:
(a) Whether to admit these appeals and grant leave to appeal
(b) Whether to suspend the acquittal judgment of the Sindh High Court releasing the accused
(c) Whether to allow the parents to separately pursue their appeals in this case
Before any of the above three issues could be even considered, the judges observed that the record filed in these appeals by the Sindh government was incomplete.
It was not possible to conduct a proper hearing on the above issues without the availability of the entire record for examination, said a statement issued by the apex court.
The counsels for the appellants (Sindh Government & parents of Daniel Pearl) agreed and undertook to file the complete record before the next date of hearing. These appeals were adjourned to a date to be fixed by the Supreme Court.
The statement said that neither any verbal nor written request for suspension of the judgment was rejected by the Supreme Court.