Islamabad: The Pakistan government has
formed a commission headed by a senior judge to investigate
the abduction and killing of journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad,
who went missing two days after he alleged the navy had been
infiltrated by al Qaeda elements.
Federal Shariat Court Chief Justice Agha Rafiq will
head the commission that will probe the mysterious death of
Shahzad, who was Pakistan bureau chief of Asia Times Online.
He went missing while driving to a TV station in
Islamabad on May 29 and his body was found in a canal in
Punjab province a day later.
The commission was formed following protests by
journalists and rights groups. The media had rejected an
earlier commission comprising police officials from Islamabad
and Punjab and a representative of the journalists` community.
The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists had given
the government till June 15 to form a commission to
investigate Shahzad`s killing and warned it would organise a
countrywide protest and a sit-in outside parliament.