Nervous uncertainty surrounds the fate of US journalist Daniel Pearl, with no clear communication from his kidnappers and no sign of his whereabouts after three separate police searches for his body in the troublesome pert city Karachi, Pakistan.
Pearl, a 38 - year - old Wall Street Journal reporter, disappeared two weeks ago on his way to an interview in Karachi. An email allegedly from his kidnappers contained four photos of him and a variety of demands, including one for the release of Pakistani prisoners being held at the US naval base in Cuba.
The searches were started last Friday night by an email claiming that Pearl had been killed and his body thrown “in the graveyards of Karachi.”
Pearl has worked for The Wall Street Journal for 12 years and is now their South Asia bureau chief. He was born in Princeton, New Jersey and graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in communications.
He joined The Wall Street Journal in November 1990, first as a reporter in the Atlanta bureau. In 1993 he moved to the Washington office to cover transportation before beginning a series of overseas postings.
The members of a radical Islamic group in Pakistan who admit having kidnapped him say Pearl is a member of the Israeli intelligence service, Mossad. But Pearl’s employers have angrily denied that he is the agent of any government.
Pearl’s French wife, Marianne, is six months pregnant with their first child.
For the past few weeks the couple have been living in Karachi while Pearl tried to arrange an interview with Mubarak Ali Shah Gilani, head of the small militant Islamic group Tanzeem ul-Fuqra.
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