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Tuesday, 26 February, 2002, 15:07 GMT
Pearl widow backs hunt for killers
Mariane Pearl is expecting the couple's first baby
Just days after the release of a video showing the execution of US journalist Daniel Pearl, his widow has called on the Pakistani people and police to find her husband's killers.

Throughout this whole four weeks I really felt that everybody was with me

Mariane Pearl
In a BBC interview, Mariane Pearl also urged the rest of the world not to leave Pakistan to fight the battle against terrorism alone, saying it was not a local problem but a dangerous and international network of terrorists.

Mrs Pearl praised the Pakistani police and said they had "done an amazing job with the limited resources they have".

She said: "The amount of courage and individual commitment and support they have shown me has been amazing. That has really made a big difference for me.

"I really want to say to the people of Pakistan and to the law enforcement agencies to go and find the people who killed Danny."

'Never defeated'

Mr Pearl was kidnapped in Karachi on 23 January - from that moment, his wife said, she had felt the support of the Pakistani police.

"Throughout this whole four weeks I really felt that everybody was with me so much, trusting me, just walking together to one same goal.

"The best support I had was seeing them work so hard."

She said she hoped her husband's death could serve to help individuals to find the courage to stand up against evil.

Mrs Pearl said that in spite of the horror her husband had faced at the hands of the kidnappers, she was sure he had never been defeated by it.

Mrs Pearl - who is expecting the couple's first baby - said she would stay in Pakistan for a time to attend different memorial services for her husband.

"I want to celebrate him as a human being and also his courage."

Mariane Pearl speaks to the BBC's Susannah Price
"I want to celebrate him as a human being and also his courage"
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25 Feb 02 | South Asia
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