KARACHI: The Sindh Home Department on Wednesday extended the detention order of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the prime suspect in the 2002 kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, and three other suspects for another three months.
In April, the Sindh High Court (SHC) had overturned the murder conviction of all four suspects — the other three being Fahad Naseem, Sheikh Adil, and Salman Saqib who were earlier sentenced to life in prison — including British-born Sheikh, saying the murder charges against him were not proven.
The home department said that the accused have been detained under Article 11EEE of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, fearing the accused may form a new militant network if released from prison.
The Supreme Court last month had refused the Sindh government’s request to suspend the SHC verdict to acquit the suspects. It also refused to immediately hear the appeal and instead said to hear it on Sept 25.