Saleem Shahzad: Report to be made public today

Published: January 13, 2012
The commission has also shown Mr Shahzad’s killers, whoever they may be, that they can operate with impunity.  PHOTO: AFP/FILE

The commission has also shown Mr Shahzad’s killers, whoever they may be, that they can operate with impunity. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD /LAHORE: Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan said on Thursday that the report of a judicial commission investigating the murder of journalist Saleem Shahzad would be released on Friday; however the findings of the report were regrettably inconsequential to the case. 

The commission had submitted its report to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani earlier this week. The information minister said that according to the commission’s report, the culprits involved in the murder of Shahzad could not be traced thus far, but the police and law enforcement agencies had been directed to continue investigations into the case. The commission had also proposed monetary compensation for Shahzad’s family, employment for his wife, and government-funded education for his children.

Talking to the media outside the Parliament House, the minister said that the report was being made public on the directives of the prime minister, and her ministry would be responsible for implementing the recommendations.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 13th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • ishaq
    Jan 13, 2012 - 1:20AM

    Where is the Independent Judiciary Now??????????????Recommend

  • Roflcopter
    Jan 13, 2012 - 1:28AM

    Was Saleem Shehzad the only journalist killed in 2011? If not then why is media focusing only on him? Recommend

  • someone
    Jan 13, 2012 - 1:48AM

    Let the blame games begin.


  • Babloo
    Jan 13, 2012 - 2:01AM

    Can I please know the total budget/expenses of the commission ?

    My guess, it ran into more than 50 million rupees.

    What an absolute waste of money based on the findings of the commission.


  • Nand
    Jan 13, 2012 - 2:17AM

    Why have a Judicial Commission? The whole world knows who killed him and the the reason for it. Case closed.


  • Mirza
    Jan 13, 2012 - 2:26AM

    This report has a whole lot of nothing in it. Is this report a trial ballon for the Abbottabad Commission Report? After wasting hundreds of millions and six months they are recommending 3 million for the family! The justice PCO style.


  • Cautious
    Jan 13, 2012 - 3:00AM


    Was Saleem Shehzad the only journalist
    killed in 2011? If not then why is
    media focusing only on him?

    Perhaps because he had the guts to investigate what many suspected but no one wanted to talk about and that makes it newsworthy.Recommend

  • John
    Jan 13, 2012 - 4:02AM


    I agree ..All journalists killed for free expression is a henious crime..and it is not a presumptive human right they had been actually killed, the SC must constitute a commission and to find truth and punish the guilty…


  • Afaaq
    Jan 13, 2012 - 4:28AM

    An independent judiciary does not mean that they start making things up. A judge can only base his report on the evidence and facts infront of him, which in this case haven’t sadly stacked up. All this proves is Journalism in Pakistan is a very dirty and dangerous thing. .


  • Hu Jintao
    Jan 13, 2012 - 4:29AM

    You know it bro, Agenda


  • Imran
    Jan 13, 2012 - 6:33AM

    Judiciary didn’t show the same level of enthusiasm at it has demonstrated in others. Mr. Hamid Mir and Mr. Rauf Klasra, please take extra care of yourselves. There are vultures hovering.


  • Ashraf P
    Jan 13, 2012 - 6:53AM

    CJ Iftikhar has a selective sense of justice. In the case of Shahzad, real injustice was done and the SC cannot come to a conclusion even when the perpetrators were obvious to the whole nation. But in the imaginary “Memogate”, the SC sees injustice and wants to set the record straight. So much for an independent judiciary !!


  • Umer
    Jan 13, 2012 - 7:38AM


    Where is the Independent Judiciary

    Remaining independent from any genuine and serious issues.


  • Jan 13, 2012 - 7:52AM

    The guy writes a series of Articles on how Military is involved with the Terrorists, how Terrorists have infiltrated the Navy, how the Military and the ISI have let go Terrorists who later turned and attacked Naval bases in Karachi and he disappears. He is found dead.

    Is it really hard to figure out who is behind the killingRecommend

  • Shahzad
    Jan 13, 2012 - 8:28AM

    What a waste of public funds how do the members of this commission justify this


  • Noor
    Jan 13, 2012 - 9:59AM

    Facts should be brought out & not the mere allegations.

    BTW, people go missing in US as well, do they start blaming their CIA?


  • Mr T
    Jan 13, 2012 - 4:10PM

    Weak comparison


  • grinz09
    Jan 13, 2012 - 5:18PM

    His book which was released after his murder is worth reading. It’s an eyeopener.


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