White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the U.S. was “outraged” by the Pakistani Supreme Court decision to release a Pakistani-British man convicted and later acquitted in the beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002.
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The court also dismissed an appeal of Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh’s acquittal filed by Pearl’s family and the Pakistani government.
Speaking at the White House briefing Thursday, Psaki said the decision “is an affront to terrorism victims everywhere, including in Pakistan,” and she called on the “Pakistani government to expeditiously review its legal options including allowing the United States to prosecute Sheikh for the brutal murder of an American citizen and journalist.”
Psaki said the Pakistani court’s actions underscored the administration’s commitment to secure justice for Pearl’s family.
The press secretary also defended the administration’s reliance on a raft of executive actions during President Joe Biden’s first days in office after running a campaign based on “unity.”
In a little over a week in office, Biden has already signed more than 30 presidential actions, many aimed at addressing the coronavirus pandemic as well as a gamut of other issues, including environmental regulations, immigration policies and racial justice.