Pak journo buried; govt promises probe for ISI links
Last Updated: Thursday, June 02, 2011, 01:02
Karachi/Islamabad: Slain Pakistani journalist Saleem Shahzad, who was tortured to death after he wrote a report alleging that al-Qaeda had infiltrated the Pakistan Navy was today buried in Karachi after a funeral prayer, as the government promised to probe any ISI role in the incident.

The burial took place after his body was brought to Karachi from Islamabad. Hundreds of mourners, including fellow scribes attended the funeral of the slain journalist.

The 40-year-old journalist's relatives and friends condemned the murder and said he was a thorough professional and an affectionate person.

Shahzad's article had contended that al-Qaeda attacked the naval airbase in Karachi after failed talks with the navy to release some arrested naval personnel who had terror links.

The killing of Shahzad prompted the Pakistani Interior Ministry to allow journalists to carry small fire-arms for self-defence in the wake of the murder of scribe Syed Saleem Shahzad. Interior Minister Rehman Malik also promised to probe allegations about ISI's involvement in his abduction.

Malik's assurance came while speaking to the media after visiting Shahzad's residence in Islamabad.

Malik said Shahzad's family was not satisfied with the autopsy report and had demanded that a second post-mortem examination should be conducted.

"Though another autopsy is not possible, a medical board can be formed to carry out investigations," he said.

Shahzad had vanished in Islamabad on Sunday after his piece on the presence of rogue elements in Pakistan Navy bases with links to al-Qaeda appeared on the Asia Times Online.

Shahzad was found dead in Punjab province yesterday with his body bearing marks of torture.


First Published: Thursday, June 02, 2011, 01:02

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