Thursday, June 02, 2011

Call for inquiry into Pakistani journalist’s murder

By Andrew Buncombe, Asia Correspondent, The Independent, June 2, 2011

Syed Saleem Shahzad was murdered following the publication of his article alleging links between al-Qa'ida and Pakistan's Navy AP
Syed Saleem Shahzad was murdered following the publication of his article alleging links between al-Qa’ida and Pakistan’s Navy

As the friends and family of Syed Saleem Shahzad said prayers and buried the murdered reporter, journalists across Pakistan flew black flags in protest and demanded a genuine investigation be opened into his death.

The body of Mr Shahzad, 40, the correspondent for Asia Times Online, was flown from Islamabad to his home city of Karachi and laid to rest at the Qayyumabad graveyard yesterday. Earlier, hundreds of people had said funeral prayers for him at the city’s Mubarak mosque.

The discovery of Mr Shahzad’s body, along with his car and identity card, about 100 miles south of Islamabad, was revealed on Tuesday afternoon. His body had been found in a shallow canal the day before by villagers in the Mandi Bahauddin district.

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