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Pak Interior Minister says Shehzad's murder may be case of personal enmity

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posted on Jun, 1 2011 @ 03:51 AM

Pak Interior Minister says Shehzad's murder may be case of personal enmity

Pakistani investigative reporter Syed Saleem Shahzad's murder could be a case of personal enmity, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said.

Shahzad, one of Pakistan's best investigative journalists and bureau chief of Asia Times Online, went missing on May 29 from Islamabad while on his way to a local television channel to participate in a talk show. His body- with his face severely beaten- was found yesterday in a canal in Mandi Bahauddin area of the Punjab province
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posted on Jun, 1 2011 @ 03:51 AM
What do you reckon is more likely? Some personal feud so bad that he was toruterd and then murdered?

Or an attempt by elements of the ISI/Military to silence investigative journalists speaking about the turth of the links between militants and establishment?

From the online paper, 'Asia Times Online' (An exceptional one i might add) that he worked for,

''Shahzad, 40, had on several occasions been warned by officials of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) over articles they deemed to be detrimental to Pakistan's national interests or image. He leaves a wife, two sons aged 14 and seven, and a daughter aged 12.

Human Rights Watch researcher Ali Dayan Hasan earlier said he suspected ISI officials abducted Shahzad, possibly because of a recent story he wrote on al-Qaeda infiltration in the Pakistani navy. Authorities haven't commented. (Al-Qaeda had warned of Pakistan strike.)

My thoughts go out to his family & friends.
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edit on 1-6-2011 by Peruvianmonk because: To quote.

posted on Jun, 1 2011 @ 04:26 AM
Telling the truth has become a real lilability...

posted on Jun, 1 2011 @ 04:32 AM
Pakistan's ISI is almost as bad as the CIA.
Both should be labeled terrorist organizations.

In my timeline of CIA atrocities thread:
it is stated that the CIA has been either
directly or indirectly responsible for the
death of over 6 MILLION people since
it was created.

I don't think the ISI is too far behind that

edit on 6/1/2011 by boondock-saint because: (no reason given)

posted on Jun, 1 2011 @ 06:17 AM
May he rest in peace!

Moonofalabama also mourned his passing. LINK

Ali Dayan Hasan, senior South Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch, said Shahzad had complained about being threatened by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.

So they threatened him, he dies, and they suggest it was someone else?

CIA trained mafia, i take great pleasure in knowing that the ISI will first stab the US in the back, and then get wiped off the planet.

posted on Jun, 1 2011 @ 06:42 AM
Some more on the story that Shahzad broke that may have led to his death.

The disappearance of Mr Shahzad, who also worked for the Italian news agency Adnkronos International, came just two days after the publication of his final article. In it, he had written that al-Qa’ida militants had infiltrated the naval forces at the Mehran naval air station in Karachi, which was attacked and besieged on May 22 in a confrontation that lasted more than 16 hours. It said the attack had been carried out after talks between the militants and the navy broke down. This week, it emerged Pakistani authorities had arrested a former naval commando, Kamran Ahmed Malik, and were questioning him over the attack and his alleged links to militants.

Mr Shahzad was known to have sources both within the Pakistan’s intelligence community and among Taliban and al-Qa’ida militants and had on one occasion interviewed militant leader Ilyas Kashmiri. Last October, the journalist had been called for a meeting at ISI headquarters after he had written an article that claimed the Pakistani authorities had released from custody Afghan Taliban military commander Mullah Baradar to negotiate with the Pakistan army.

Mr Shahzad said the mood at the meeting, at which he was asked for but declined to reveal the sources for his article, was polite but that at the end one of the senior officers had said to him: “I must give you a favour. We have recently arrested a terrorist and have recovered a lot of data, dairies and other material during the interrogation. The terrorist had a hit list with him. If I find your name in the list, I will certainly let you know.”

Mr Hasan said the journalist had taken the final words as a threat.

I think I would take those last words as a threat.

Now it does make sense to me that the ISI would have contacts with more moderate elements of the Pakistani Taliban. However this whole mess points to an interwoven web of double agents, tratiors and mixed loyalties throughout the ISI and whole Pakistani military.

The poor people of Pakistan suffer as a result through the corruption of their leaders both military & civilian, constant bombings & assasinations and extremist views being given a platform to thrive.
edit on 1-6-2011 by Peruvianmonk because: Phrasing.

posted on Jun, 1 2011 @ 06:46 AM
reply to post by boondock-saint

Sounds like an interesting thread.

Could you post it on this thread so I can check it out at my leisure?

posted on Jun, 2 2011 @ 06:56 AM
A fellow Asis Time journalist and friend Chan Akya specualtes on the reason for Saleem's killing

If you remove the obvious alternatives, whatever remains must be the logical option. That would involve Israel - in other words, elements of the Pakistan navy may have been cooperating with al-Qaeda over a possible attack on Israel. The modus operandi would be similar to the attacks on India in November 2008 - sea-based, which is actively ignored by the Pakistan navy.

Unless, if the revelations were "inconvenient" to anyone on an operational basis. Massoud was an inconvenience to the Taliban in their ability to give shelter to al-Qaeda (which Bin Laden shrewdly realized would be needed after attacking the US); he was hence removed. Similarly, it may well be that Saleem was removed because his revelations were complicating certain operations.

Saleem's killing raises the question - why? What was the need to kidnap, torture and kill the man? His recent articles have increasingly exposed the connections between al-Qaeda and the ISI, and more importantly those between al-Qaeda and the Pakistan navy. Specifically, he stumbled upon the casus belli for last month's attacks on Karachi naval installations by al-Qaeda, namely the arrests of various navy personnel due to their proximity to al-Qaeda.

So what if the Pakistan navy and Ilyas Kashmiri were in cahoots and a journalist found out? The current head of the Pakistan military, Ashfaq Parvez Kiani, was previously the head of the ISI - the organization that is accused of sheltering Osama bin Laden in Abbotabad. Therefore, the existence of links between the two (al-Qaeda and navy) wouldn't come as a surprise to anyone.

This theory though doesn't quite hold water because a lesser organization like LeT had already attacked India in November 2008. The objective of terror organizations is to do something "new and improved" like the ads for soaps. Hence, it is highly unlikely that whatever Saleem was in danger of stumbling on had anything to do with India.

A pretty stunning conclusion. Elements of the Pakistani Navy and Al Qaeda/affiliated organisations are co-operating to attack Israel.

If this is anywhere near the case then I fear for Chan's life.

It would be extremly risky on the part of the Pakistani navy or whoever is involved. Both Israel & the U.S. would respond ferociously, maybe that is what they want.

edit on 2-6-2011 by Peruvianmonk because: rephrasing

posted on Jun, 2 2011 @ 01:43 PM
I thought this story would get get more attention.

We see ourselves to some extent as journalists on this site who are trying to reveal the truth kept from us by the powers that be. We complain about harrasment and ridicule becasue of our invovlement on this site.

This man died to tell the truth about his corrupt leadership. In fact Pakistan is the most dangerous place to be a journalist.

37 have been murdered since 1992.

And a possible Al-Qaeda/Pakistani military plot to attack Israel!!!??/ (See posts above)

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