(AP) A Wall Street Journal reporter missing for more than two days in Pakistan was about to do an interview with “an important source,” a newspaper spokesman said Friday.
Daniel Pearl, 38, the newspaper’s South Asia bureau chief, has not been heard from since Wednesday evening, said Steve Goldstein, a spokesman for Dow Jones & Co., the Journal‘s owner.
“Forty-eight hours have passed and he still hasn’t checked in, so we have reason to be concerned,” Goldstein said.
Pearl “left with two non-American intermediaries to interview what he and we believe was an important source,” Goldstein said. Goldstein wouldn’t elaborate about the source or the intermediaries. The interview was to take place near the city of Karachi.
“The Pakistani government has assured us that they are doing everything they can to find and locate Danny,” Goldstein said, adding that the U.S. government also was assisting.
“Our primary goal is to find Danny’s whereabouts and we don’t at present know where he is,” he said. “The Karachi police and senior officials in Pakistan tell us that they are working around the clock to (determine) Danny’s whereabouts.”
Pearl, who has been based in Bombay, India, for two years, joined the newspaper in November 1990.