The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) hit back hard on Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday for its news release claiming that the intelligence agency hindered the investigation process of journalist Saleem Shahzad murder.
In a strong-worded statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relation (ISPR), its spokesperson said that the HRW report titled “Shahzad commission results marred by free ride for ISI” published on January 30 this year was “found to be extremely derogatory, biased and contradictory in terms”.
The ISPR statement held Brad Adams, HRW Asia Director, to be having his “head buried deep in sand” and alleged that his “thought process and ability to logically analyze a given situation suffers from serious bias”.
The ISPR also applauded the Supreme Court and the chief justice of Pakistan for their services and claimed that the HRW report has not only “demonized” the intelligence agency, but was also “out of character of the Honourable Court”.
It added that the ISI, as well as the other intelligence agencies, have provided the judicial commission probing the case with “unprecedented obedience/compliance”.
In the statement, the ISI categorically denied the allegations and the spokesperson said the HRW report was “a well orchestrated and sinister media campaign, in which, HRW and the likes of Brad Adams and Ali Dayan Hassan may have been unwittingly drawn into”.
“It raises serious questions on the partisan nature of HRW and Brad Adam’s objectivity.”