SC rejects federal govt plea for suspending its decision on release of Umar Sheikh in Danial Pearl case
ISLAMABAD, FEB 02 (ONLINE): Supreme Court (SC) has rejected the federal government plea seeking suspension of its decision in connection with release of Umar Sheikh and has adjourned the hearing of the case till today (Tuesday).
A 3-member bench of SC presided over by Justice Umar Ata Bandial took up the case for hearing.
Justice Umar Ata Bandial remarked during the hearing of the case “we will not issue any new order for keeping Umar Sheikh under detention. We want to hear this case. It is matter of a citizen. We will review why Umar Sheikh has been kept under detention. This is a matter of serious nature;. The order for keeping Umar Sheikh under detention was extended several time. Now the government is standing in dock rather than the accused.
The assistant counsel said on the occasion Mehmood A Sheikh counsel for Ahmad Umar Sheikh is sick. The hearing of the case be adjourned till next week. Umar Sheikh is under illegal detention since the last ten months. The detention order had expired on December 01.
The counsel for Umar Shiekh told the court Ahmad Umar Sheikh is innocent. Those who were involved in Danial Pear case have been set free. First of all assistant to Denial Pearl who is US citizen of Indian origin should be investigated. Isra Rehmani who was assistant to Denail Pearl had told earlier that he had disappeared. Had I been in US government I would have held assistant to Denial Pearl first of all. Computer data of Isra Nomani should have been checked. In India any one is declared terrorist without any reason . The wrong man was arrested under US pressure. Ahmad Umar Sheikh is in solitary confinement since more than 16 years. Such treatment is not given to any accused in the world. However Ahmad Umar Sheikh obtained law degree from UK. Had he not been in jail he would have been better lawyer than me. What happened in India it was their own decision.
He argued Ahmad Umar Sheikh had gone to India on visit and he was arrested due to this reason. Danial Pearl was murdered on January 23, 2002 and Ahmad Umar Sheikh court arrested on February 05, 2002.
Justice Sajjad Ali Shah remarked tell us the reason as to why Ahmad Umar Sheikh has not been released so far. Tell us when the detention order of Ahmad Umar Sheikh had ended.
Attorney General took the plea if the order for releasing Ahmad Umar Sheikh is not suspended it will entail dire consequences. The case pertaining to release of accused in Danial Pearl murder case will leave international impact. Under one decision of SC, issuing a notice to the federation is must.
The hearing of the case was adjourned for one week.