Audiotape shows top editor spoke to Taliban about Khawaja

Leading Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir`s conversation with a Taliban representative may have played a role in the killing of Khalid Khawaja.

Last Updated: May 16, 2010, 21:07 PM IST

Islamabad: Leading Pakistani journalist
Hamid Mir`s conversation with a Taliban representative may
have played a role in the killing of Khalid Khawaja, a retired
Air Force official who was abducted and murdered, a media
report has suggested.

An audiotape of conversation recorded between Mir and
a man purportedly linked to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, shows
the negative information provided by the former to the latter
could have led to Khawaja`s killing, the Daily Times reported on Sunday.

In the audio Mir, one of Pakistan`s top TV anchors and
Executive Editor of Geo News, can be heard talking about
Khawaja`s background.

The conversation, made before Khawaja`s execution
earlier this month, reveals Mir "linking Khawaka to CIA, an
international network of Qadianis and an American named Mansur
Ejaz".

The tape was first posted by the `Let Us Build
Pakistan` blog, and picked up by other online publications.

"It is still unclear who made the tape, with online
speculation suggesting that it could be the militants
themselves, or even intelligence agencies who released the
recording," the paper said.

Towards the end of the conversation, the man says he
will relay the information given by Mir to Hakeemullah Mehsud.
During the conversation, Mir also urges the man to
"cross-examine Khawaja about his relationship with Mansur
Ejaz, Qadianis and a CIA agent named William Casey," the paper
said.

Bureau Report