New York: The order to kill Pakistani
investigative journalist Saleem Shahzad came from a senior
officer of Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani`s
staff, The New Yorker magazine said in its latest issue.
"In fact, according to the American official, reliable
intelligence indicates that the order to kill Shahzad came
from a senior officer on General Kayani`s staff.
"The officer made it clear that he was speaking on behalf
of Kayani himself," the extensive report on the journalist`s
killing, that shocked the media fraternity across the world,
However, General Athar Abbas, the spokesman for the
Pakistani Army, called this allegation "preposterous".
The report said the presence of Islamists in the Navy, and
at Mehran Naval base, that was attacked by militants, was not
a secret among Pakistanis.
But Shahzad`s article was particularly "incendiary". Not
only did he report that sailors at the base had helped the
attackers; he wrote that the Navy`s leadership was bargaining
directly with al Qaeda, the report said.
"Consider the time when Saleem`s piece came out. The
military felt humiliated. It felt backed into a corner," the
report quoted an unnamed American official as saying who
added, "When you`re backed into a corner like that, you strike
Shahzad was a Pakistani journalist working for a portal `Asia Times Online` when he went missing on May 29, soon after
writing a report on the May 22 Mehran naval station terror
attack that had destroyed two US made P3C Orion maritime
surveillance aircraft and killed 10.