The widow of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl thanked Pakistan's president during a face-to-face meeting Wednesday for his efforts to try to save her husband.

Government television said Mariane Pearl told President Pervez Musharraf that she felt his government did everything it could to prevent the killing.

Musharraf expressed his "heartfelt grief" and told Pearl that her husband's murder was a "most barbaric" act of terrorism, according to state television. The two met in the capital, Islamabad, but the exact location was not given.

Mariane Pearl, who is seven months pregnant with the couple's son, has been in Karachi since her husband's kidnapping there on Jan. 23.