Body found with car of missing Pakistani journalist
Last Updated: Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 17:50
  
Islamabad: An unidentified body was found along with the car of a missing journalist near the central Pakistani city of Jhelum on Monday, police said.

The car belonged to Syed Saleem Shahzad, a journalist with Asia Times Online, who has been missing since Sunday evening, police and his relatives said.

The car was found at Sarai Alamghir near Jhelum city this afternoon.

Reports said the identity cards of two persons, including Shahzad, were found inside the vehicle.

Shahzad's family left for Jhelum on being informed by police about the car being found in the area.

Reports quoted Shahzad's relatives as saying that initial descriptions did not indicate that the body was that of the missing journalist.

Rights groups like the Human Rights Watch have said they believe Shahzad is in the custody of Pakistani intelligence agencies.

Shahzad, who is the Pakistan bureau chief of Asia Times Online, went missing days after authoring an article in which he contended that al Qaeda attacked a naval airbase in Karachi after failed talks with the navy to release some arrested persons.

He had left his house in Islamabad to participate in a television programme on Sunday but did not reach the TV station.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 17:50


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