KARACHI: The Sindh authorities on Thursday issued an order under the relevant law to detain four accused persons in a kidnapping and murder case of US journalist Daniel Pearl, whose conviction was recently overturned by the Sindh High Court, for three months on account of perceived public safety grounds, officials told Dawn.

Two officials in the Central Prison Karachi and the Sindh home department on condition of anonymity told Dawn that British-Pakistani citizen Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, Fahad Naseem, Sheikh Adil and Salman Saqib, had been detained at the prison till Sept 30.

They added that the home department of Sindh had issued a notification to this effect.

This order of detention has been issued under Section 11 EEE of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1997. It empowers the government to arrest or detain suspected persons.

The government of Sindh has challenged the acquittal of the accused in the Supreme Court.

Daniel Pearl, 38, South Asia bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal was kidnapped and killed in Karachi in 2002 while reportedly doing a story on religious extremism.

Published in Dawn, July 3rd, 2020