Saleem Shahzad case: Commission to finalise report within a month

President of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists says journalist community satisfied with proceedings.


Express October 12, 2011

LAHORE: President of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) Pervaiz Shaukat on Wednesday said that the probe into journalist Saleem Shehzad's murder will finalise its report within a month, reported Express 24/7.

Talking to the media outside the Parliament, Shaukat said that the intelligence agencies including the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) have fully co-operated with the judicial commission.

Praising commission head Justice Saqib Nisar, Shaukat said that the journalist community is completely satisfied with the proceedings so far.

Earlier, head of the ISI media cell Major General Adnan Nazir was summoned in front of the commission and drilled about the intelligence agency’s potential involvement.

The commission is headed by Supreme Court Justice Nisar while members include Chief Justice of the Federal Shariat Court Agha Rafiq Ahmad, Inspector-General of Islamabad Police Bani Amin, Inspector-General of Punjab Police Javed Iqbal and President PFUJ.

Shahzad, who worked for an Italian news agency and a Hong Kong-registered news site and had reported about militants infiltrating the military, went missing en route to a television talk show and his body was found May 31 south of the capital, bearing marks of torture.

The journalist disappeared two days after writing an investigative report in Asia Times Online saying al Qaeda carried out a recent attack on a naval air base to avenge the arrest of naval officials held on suspicion of al Qaeda links. Intelligence agencies were blamed for his murder.

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