- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 3, 2002

KARACHI, Pakistan The Wall Street Journal appealed yesterday to the kidnappers of reporter Daniel Pearl to show evidence that he is still alive after an all-night search of Karachi graveyards turned up nothing.
Also yesterday, Mr. Pearl's wife and an American-Muslim group issued separate appeals for his release.
An e-mail received Friday by U.S. news organizations claimed Mr. Pearl, 38, had been killed and his body dumped in an unspecified cemetery in this city of 12 million people. He was abducted in Karachi on Jan. 23 while working on a story about a Muslim extremist group.
After an exhaustive search, Pakistani officials and the Journal concluded that the e-mail was a hoax and expressed hope that the newspaper's Bombay-based South Asia bureau chief was alive.
The last e-mail, which included pictures of Mr. Pearl, was received by Pakistani and American news organizations on Wednesday. The Journal urged the kidnappers to free Mr. Pearl or at least resume contact.
"We urge them to release Danny," Managing Editor Paul Steiger said in a statement in New York. "If that is not possible, we call on them to demonstrate that Danny remains alive. They can do this by providing us with a photo of Danny holding today's newspaper."
Police said they believed a ransom demand, telephoned to U.S. diplomats on Friday, also was a hoax. The caller demanded $2 million and the release of the former Taliban envoy to Pakistan, Mullah Abdul Salaam Zaeef.
Mukhtar Ahmad Sheik, provincial governor of Pakistan's Sindh province, which includes Karachi, expressed hope that Mr. Pearl would be found "as we believe the man is still alive."
Mr. Pearl's wife, Marianne, a French citizen, is six months' pregnant with their first child. In an open letter to the Pakistani people, published yesterday in the Urdu-language newspaper Daily Jang, she asked the kidnappers to free her husband "as people inspired by Islam's ethics."
In Washington, the Council on American-Islamic Relations joined in the appeals for the release of Mr. Pearl.
"We call for the immediate and unconditional release of Daniel Pearl and an end to the targeting of journalists in any area of the world," council Chairman Omar Ahmad said in a statement. "Such actions by those claiming to act on behalf of Muslims are in sharp contradiction to Islamic teachings and violate the internationally accepted neutral status of journalists during times of conflict."

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