Pearl's widow ‘satisfied' with investigation -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Pearl’s widow ‘satisfied’ with investigation

KARACHI- Federal law minister Barrister Shahida Jameel said on Friday the widow of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl has expressed “full satisfaction” over the investigation being conduct by the Pakistani authorities.

Talking to a group of journalists after visiting Mrs Pearl at the residence of Asra Naumani, another staffer of the WSJ, the minister said she had come to visit Mrs Pearl on behalf of the president.

Barrister Shahida said the widow of the US journalist and a representative of the WSJ praised the efforts made by the police to resolve the case. She said such incidents did occur in the past and the present government was giving top priority to contain terrorism.

The minister said Mrs Pearl thanked the government for its support and for taking utmost interest in the matter. “Mrs Pearl expressed complete satisfaction over the course of investigation,” she added.

Sindh home secretary Mukhtar Ahmed and provincial police chief Syed Kamal Shah were also present on the occasion.

Earlier, police did not allow the journalists to enter even the lane leading to the residence of the WSJ staffer. The minister on her way back was intercepted by a team of Pakistan Television.

To a question, the Inspector General Police (IGP) said the police knew the captors and soon they would make a breakthrough.

He said the course of investigation was too complicated as the culprits never made phone calls and confined themselves to the use of e-mail.

To another question, the IGP said the force of merely 24,000 police personnel was not sufficient for Karachi, which has the population of over 13 million.
Source: Dawn
Date:2/23/2002