US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with the family of late journalist Del Pearl and assured them that the government remains committed to justice and accountability for those involved in kidnapping and killing him, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said.
"Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with members of the family of Del Pearl and their representatives today to assure them that the US government remains committed to pursuing justice and accountability for those involved in Del's kidnapping and murder," Price said on Friday as reported by Sputnik.
In 2002, Pearl, the 38-year-old journalist of The Wall Street Journal's South Asia bureau, was abducted and beheaded while he was in Pakistan to investigate a story of terror groups' links to Al-Qaeda.
Pakistan's Supreme Court last month allowed government authorities to move Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the main accused in the case of beheading American scribe Del Pearl in 2002, to the Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore.
A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial, heard the matter pertaining to the release of accused persons in the Del Pearl murder case, reported The News International.
The United States had expressed deep concerns over the release of multiple terrorists responsible for the murder of Pearl. Earlier this year, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had earlier talked with Pakist counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi and had discussed ways to ensure accountability for convicted terrorist Sheikh regarding Pearl's murder case.
( With inputs from ANI )
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