Six months later, Saleem Shahzad commission submits report

Published: January 10, 2012

A judicial commission probing the murder of journalist Saleem Shahzad has submitted its report to Prime Minister Gilani. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: A judicial commission probing the murder of journalist Saleem Shahzad has submitted its report to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.

“The report includes the commission’s findings as well as recommendations by the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists for the journalist community and financial assistance to Shahzad’s family,” said Pervaiz Shoukat, PFUJ president and a member of the probe commission.

The commission was constituted by the government on June 16, 2011, six weeks after Shahzad’s mutilated body was found in Mandi Bahauddin. Shahzad went missing from Islamabad on May 29 only to be found murdered a day later. It was supposed to submit a report within six weeks but following inexplicable delays, the report was presented by the commission’s secretary six months later.

According to the notification issued by the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs on July 16th, 2011 obtained by The Express Tribune read: “S.RO. (I)/2011 –Whereas the heinous murder of Saleem Shahzad, a journalist has taken place and cause and circumstances leading to are to be ascertained.”

The commission, headed by Supreme Court Justice Saqib Nisar, met through June 2011 and January 2012 to compile the report. It interviewed journalists, intelligence officers, human rights activists and Shahzad’s widow. It also examined CCTV coverage of the highway where Shahzad’s car was found.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly noted the date of the commissions formation as June 21. This has been corrected. The error is regretted.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Cautious
    Jan 10, 2012 - 9:56PM

    Any insight into the findings of the report or if/when the report will be made public?

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  • Hafeez
    Jan 10, 2012 - 10:28PM

    I wish they make the report public.

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  • ADEEL759
    Jan 10, 2012 - 10:48PM

    We demand, as people, that this report be mader public and level the charges against those who are responsible for the murder of one of the best journalists in the country.

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  • Ali Abbas
    Jan 10, 2012 - 11:21PM

    Make the report public? Who are you kidding, man?

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  • IFFI
    Jan 11, 2012 - 12:51AM

    Who are we kidding….Let me guess about outcome
    Report will be either inconclusive OR it wont see light of day if there is even a hint of ISI involvement.

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  • Nand
    Jan 11, 2012 - 1:20AM

    The report will not be made pablic but we all know who has done it and why.

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  • Nirvan
    Jan 11, 2012 - 1:49AM

    Dream on. Push for the report and if that could happen, the army barracks will open and take over the civilian government, muzzle the judiciary and at an appropriate time appoint a puppet in Imran Khan.

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  • Babloo
    Jan 11, 2012 - 3:43AM

    So did the commission find and catch ‘who did it’ ?

    Or was it not the purpose of the commission !

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  • Gabriel khan
    Jan 11, 2012 - 6:21AM

    journalists have lot of enemies who take advantage of such opportunities, he might have angered some one in the past and he availed the opportunity to kill him and the responsibility automatically came on usual suspects the ISI which under the circumstances is a fair judgement but might not be true.

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  • Akhtar
    Jan 11, 2012 - 6:56AM

    It’s better to keep the report secret as any implication of ISI involvement would mean take over of the country!

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  • Crazy Star
    Jan 11, 2012 - 7:56AM

    Journalists should also realise that in our quest for quick fame and money we should desist from getting too ambitious and greedy. Even if someone is held responsible, Saleem will never be back for his friends and family. I think, in such trying times, they should be more focused towards getting the Nation on the right track rather than supporting their pay masters alone.Recommend

  • Jan 11, 2012 - 9:46AM

    Murder of a journalist does not threaten our sovereignty or security; rather it strengthens our security state especially if the murder is of a person like Saleem Shahzad… so this commission report, even if made public, would not shed any light on the criminals; there will be no arrests, no trial, no sentence… the final verdict…Saleem Shahzad was not murdered at all..

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  • Kafka
    Jan 11, 2012 - 10:09AM

    It is an open secret who killed Shahzad, will the report dare to name them???

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Jan 11, 2012 - 4:55PM

    Report should be made public without any delay .

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