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Musharraf: Arrest Each and Every Terrorist

Friday, 22 February 2002 12:00 AM

U.S. and Pakistani officials confirmed Thursday that Pearl, the South Asia bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal, had been killed.

The 38-year old journalist was kidnapped Jan. 23 in Karachi, Pakistan, while working on a story on Islamic militants.

In a statement issued by his office, Musharraf said: "Such acts of terror are painful experiences for the society" but would not deter him, his government and the people of Pakistan "from acting with all our strength against terrorists and in fighting this menace together with the international community.

"Pakistan would stay the course to ensure that his country and indeed this world is free of terror."

Musharraf offered his heartfelt condolences to Pearl's wife, his family and to the editors and journalists of the Wall Street Journal.

"My heart goes out to the family and friends of the slain journalist. My wife joins me in sharing the grief of Mrs. Daniel Pearl."

He directed "all federal and provincial security agencies in Pakistan to apprehend each and every member of the gang of terrorists involved in this gruesome murder."

Meanwhile, the provincial government in Karachi confirmed that they had received a videotape that showed abductors "slashing Pearl's neck."

A statement issued by the government in Karachi described the tape as authentic and said investigators "received the tape at 11.00 p.m. Thursday night while working on the case.

"The video contained scenes showing Pearl in captivity and scenes of his murder by the kidnappers," the statement said.

In a statement issued in Washington, U.S.-based correspondents of Pakistani newspapers Friday denounced Pearl's murder saying, "His murderers have achieved no political objective; they have only defamed Pakistan and Islam and by their savage act brought into sharper relief the insanity that masquerades in the garb of nationalism and religion."

The journalists assured the American people that "such elements do not represent Pakistan or the feelings of the overwhelming majority of Pakistanis."

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