Letter To Pakistani Ambassador Khan On Release Of Daniel Pearl's Murderers
February 9, 2021
Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan
c/o The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
3517 International Ct NW
Washington, DC 20008
We are closely following the case of Ahmed Omar Sheikh and his co-conspirators. As you know, they were directly involved in the 2002 kidnapping, torture, and horrific murder of Daniel Pearl, an American citizen.
Ahmed Omar Sheikh and his co-conspirators specifically targeted Daniel Pearl because he was both American and Jewish. They were motivated by anti-Semitic hatred and must be held accountable. At the time, Mr. Pearl was working for the Wall Street Journal reporting on the collaboration between our two countries in the critical months following the attacks of September 11th 2001.
The recent decision of Pakistan’s Supreme Court to allow these murderers to go free is very troubling to the American people. We are deeply concerned that the Government of Pakistan would allow such tragic injustice.
The United States and Pakistan are partners in a wide range of areas, including education, energy, trade, and investment. Our countries have maintained a security partnership in the years since the tragic death of Daniel Pearl, and we know the region, despite its challenges, is one of promise and potential.
We ask for your support in our pursuit of justice and hope the life of Daniel Pearl and the countless others who have been senselessly murdered by terrorists are not forgotten.
Member of Congress
CC: Rep. Doug LaMalfa, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, Rep. Burgess Owens, Rep. Greg Steube, Rep. Young Kim, Rep. Matt Gaetz