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India: Pak’s true intention to fight terrorism shown | India News


India on Thursday described the release of al-Qaida terrorist Omar Sheikh as a “travesty of justice” and said that it really shows Pakistan’s intention to take action on the terror front. Sheikh was one of the terrorists released by India to secure the release of the passengers of flight IC-814 that was hijacked in 1999. “I already mentioned about the very low conviction rate in Pakistan when it comes to convictions by accused terrorists.” MEA spokesman Anurag Srivastava said.
“This case truly demonstrates Pakistan’s intention to take action on the terror front. It is a parody of justice not to find Omar Saeed Sheikh guilty of any charge in this heinous act of terror. Our position on Pakistan taking sustained, verifiable, credible and irreversible action against terrorism and the terrorist financing that emanates from all the territories under their control remains unchanged, ”he said.
Before being released by Indian authorities, the British-born Sheikh was serving a prison sentence in India for kidnapping Western tourists in the country.
Pearl, 38, was the head of the Wall Street Journal’s South Asia bureau when he was abducted in Karachi in 2002. A graphic video showing Pearl’s beheading was delivered to the US consulate in Karachi for almost a month after his abduction.
Pearl’s murder took place three years after Sheikh, along with JeM chief Masood Azhar and Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar, were released by India in 1999 and granted safe passage to Afghanistan in exchange for nearly 150 passengers on the flight. Indian Airlines IC-814 hijacked.
White House outraged: The White House expressed outrage at the ruling. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki called the decision “an affront to victims of terrorism everywhere.”

Times of India