Saleem Shahzad: When journalists bite the dust

Published: June 1, 2011

If the culprits are not caught soon, suspicions will lie towards those against whom Shahzad was writing.

I hope we live to see the day when journalists in Pakistan boast about a prosperous economy, medical breakthroughs, and life security. I hope most of us never see the day when things are actually worse than how newspapers make them out to be.

Syed Saleem Shahzad, the Pakistan Bureau Chief of Asia Times Online (a Hong Kong-based news website), disappeared from Islamabad on May 29, 2011, just days after publishing an article for the Asia Times which implicated that officials in the Pakistani Navy had links with al Qaeda (The second part of Saleem Shahzad’s report, ‘Recruitment and training of militants’, is yet to be published on Asia Times Online).

For those not familiar with Shahzad, he was an investigative reporter who wrote extensively on issues pertaining to global security, especially Pakistani armed forces and religious movements in the Muslim world. He had contributed to Dawn, Daily Times, The Nation, as well as several Urdu newspapers in Pakistan. Internationally, he had written for the Boston Review,le Monde Diplomatique (a French publication), and la Stampa (an Italian publication). In the course of his career covering al Qaeda and the Taliban, Shahzad interacted closely with al Qaeda figures such as Sheikh Essa and remains the only journalist to have interviewed Ilyas Kashmiri (that too just days after Kashmiri was appointed chief of al Qaeda’s military committee).

In 2006, Syed Saleem Shahzad was apprehended by the Taliban in Afghanistan for nine days and after which he wrote detailed accounts of his visit into the so-called ‘kingdom of heaven’ that is the land of the Taliban, for Asia Times Online. This month, ‘Inside al Qaeda and the Taliban: Beyond Bin Laden and 9/11,’ was published by Pluto Press UK. Through this book, Shahzad has apparently displayed first-hand accounts and knowledge of the aims and motivations of the leaders and fighters in radical Islamic movements.

Details of his disappearance and death are limited but according to news reports, Shahzad went missing on May 29, from the F-6/2 area of Islamabad. He was on his way to the studios of Dunya News channel to discuss his latest report on the attacks on PNS Mehran. He never made it to Dunya News. Two days after his abduction, Shahzad’s body was discovered in Sarai Alamgir, near Pindi.

Fact or fiction?

The Asia Times article, ‘Al-Qaeda had warned of Pakistan Strike,’ states that al Qaeda carried out the attacks on PNS Mehran in Karachi after ‘talks’ had failed between the navy and al Qaeda regarding the release of naval officials held by navy intelligence due to their alleged affiliation with the terrorist organisation. According to Shahzad, the three attacks on navy buses in April were warning shots taken by al Qaeda for navy officials to accept al Qaeda’s demands.

Shahzad wrote that al Qaeda cells were operating inside several navy bases in Karachi, and lower cadre officials were arrested following a crackdown based on suspicion of their links with the organisation. Apparently, ‘insiders’ at PNS Mehran provided information, maps, and images of the naval facility for the attack to take place. All this pursued after al Qaeda gave repeated warnings of a violent retaliation.

According to American journalist, Hunter S Thompson:

“Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.”

Access of information is one of the biggest troubles in Pakistan and seems as if no one, not even our own intelligence officials, have complete information. Shahzad’s reports will thus remain a matter of much debate and speculation. According to a journalist friend, some of Shahzad’s peers in Pakistan did not hold a high opinion of him, and consider his reports grossly exaggerated. Nevertheless, even if Shahzad’s investigation is partly correct, it defames and discredits the already much-criticised Pakistani intelligence, and its failure to prevent the over fourteen-hour operation at PNS Mehran.

Is the Pakistani intelligence involved? Before Shahzad’s body was discovered, Human Rights Watch declared that Saleem Shahzad was believed to be in the custody of ISI, and could be subject to mistreatment and even torture. According to a recent article written for the Time magazine, on October 17, 2010, Shahzad had been summoned to the ISI headquarters to discuss an article he had published earlier. In this report, Shahzad had disclosed that Pakistan had released Mullah Baradar, an Afghan Taliban commander and Mullah Omar’s deputy. Reportedly, an intelligence official had indirectly threatened Shahzad and asked him to “write a denial of the story,” to which Shahzad refused.

If the people behind his abduction and assassination do not get caught in a timely fashion, suspicions will understandably lie towards those against whom he was writing.

A dangerous place for journalists

Saleem Shahzad is not the first example of a journalist being abducted and/or tortured for writing against the government and intelligence. On September 4, 2010, Pakistani journalist Umar Cheema was kidnapped on his way home from dinner with friends near Islamabad. He was held and tortured for over six hours by masked individuals who stripped Cheema, shaved his head, eyebrows and moustache, and hung him upside down. Cheema was told to stop criticising the government in the articles he wrote for The News.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Pakistan was the world’s deadliest country for the press in 2010 with at least 15 journalists killed in target assassinations since 2002. Regardless of how credible Shahzad’s investigations and sources were, fact is Pakistan continues to be a particularly dangerous place for journalists.

Food for thought

“It was a fatal day when the public discovered that the pen is mightier than the paving-stone, and can be made as offensive as the brickbat. They at once sought for the journalist, found him, developed him, and made him their industrious and well-paid servant. It is greatly to be regretted, for both their sakes” – Oscar Wilde

This post was originally published here.

Zoha Waseem

Zoha Waseem

A masters graduate from King’s College London who blogs for khudipakistan.com

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Shahid Khan

    What a shameless twist you have given to whole story to include GOVERNMENT in killings of journalist. Not a single act of violence against any journalist was committed by government in past 4 years. You are scared to name the real culprits and instead divert blame towards civilian govt. No wonder, next will be anyone of you and your fellows will doing same to cover up. No words except ‘Shame on cowardice of journalist community which is covering murder of their murdered brother.”Recommend

  • Reddy

    This is an absolute disgrace to the country.
    I cant see a way out of the quagmire that is Pakistan.
    It is doomed.Recommend

  • Qaisar

    hi Zoha, what ever you wrote is absolutely right,i am not sure about Shahzad reports but i am deadly sure that Pakistan now becomes a dangerous place for Journalists.i am also a journalist working for a reputable private TV channel but despite of all these facts that journalism is now become very dangerous profession,i am working and thousands of other Journalists working with dare,passion just because we journalists know very well that its the time Pakistan needed us, hats of to all martyred journalists,hope so one day our country becomes a peaceful and safe country….keep writing dear…Recommend

  • Zoha Waseem

    @Shahid: Then who you say are the ‘real culprits’? Are you sure there was no act of violence inflicted upon journalists by the government? What about Umar Cheema (read above)..or what about the scores of journalists who were beaten in 2007 while covering the ‘lawyer’s movement’, for starters?Recommend

  • Waheed

    My conspiracy theory: USA is platting all such incidents to defame ISI and also to make ISI & Pak Army lesser popular among Pakistani people. There might be the case that CIA or some other anti ISI agency provided material against the Pakistan navy and about some secret deals to Saleem Shehzad and then afterwards those anti ISI agencies them-self kidnapped and killed Saleem Shehzad, so that blame can be easily put on ISI. I think like this because the reaction about Saleem Shehzad’s killing in International media and by international leaders is enormous. For instance: http://ibnlive.in.com/generalnewsfeed/news/clinton-condemns-killing-of-pakistani-journalist/708805.html
    This is very old technique by CIA and other agencies that they stage an incident and then start a huge campaign on media and also by their leaders start commenting and advocating the media’s verdict. Think about it.Recommend

  • Kiran N

    “According to a journalist friend, some of Shahzad’s peers in Pakistan did not hold a high opinion of him, and consider his reports grossly exaggerated.” Excuse me, who are those peers? I know most of his peers? Who would say that.
    If there was anything in his reports, then that was authenticity, straight from the source. No speculations, no conclusions. Please read his work and testimonials before you write such ‘in-authentic’ articles.Recommend

  • Kiran N

    @Shahid Khan:
    In this case the Government has certainly not played any role. The way he was disappeared , without being on the watch of the surveillance cameras, it’s impossible to do anything in that area with ISI’s hand in it.
    The Govt fault is that it was sleeping, and our fault is that we didn’t bother waking them up. The media kept mute and no channels made any noise on his disappearance. We are collectively involved.

    For a man who has three school going kids and his youngest son, who hasn’t even realized that daddy won’t return again, Saleem Shahzad made a greater choice when he chose to bring transparency and truth for the people. He dearly loved his family, yet he continued to speak.

    All we should do now is avoid any more such killings by making more noise. Questing the authorities and demand answers to every single thing that has happened so far. We should gather in a rally outside of parliament and DEMAND our rights.

    We want to know everything. Recommend

  • siddiqui

    @Shahid Khan:
    So you people are already decided who murdered Saleem Shahzad. Wow… your are playing the petitioner and court, all in one. This is the kind of mentality that gives birth to incidents like Sialkot lynching.Recommend

  • http://www.thehrdesigns.com Hassan Raza

    I truly believe and agree with the thoughts of Late Mr.Saleem. I have been told by an army personal that even Dr.Afia Siddiqi family has strong links with Al-Qaida. Politicians, Alqaida, hypocrite journalists and US officials are on same side.Recommend

  • faraz

    Omar Cheema was abducted and tortured for reporting against the army controlled Bahria University, not the civilian government. Journalists reporting the lawyer’s movement were also beaten up by the agencies, as Musharraf was in power. Recommend

  • http://www.thehrdesigns.com Hassan Raza

    We shouldn’t be relying on media at all. It is all filled with hypocrite journalists, though i believe Mr. Saleem was one of the very few honest to their profession. I personally believe if we start thinking the opposite way of what media is saying, everything start making senseRecommend

  • Reddy

    I dont think our politicians can or will change at all.
    Your Interior minister has this incredible talent to say the ridiculous at just about the right time every time.
    ” ISLAMABAD: Syed Saleem Shahzad’s murder could be a case of personal enmity, Pakistan’s interior minister Rehman Malik said.”

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Personal-enmity-may-have-led-to-scribes-killing-Malik/articleshow/8688976.cms

    Yeah right !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Personal enmity with the ” ISI “.
    This Rehman Malik guy sure earns his bread making the right noise.Recommend

  • http://dinopak.wordpress.com Hasan

    The common understanding is that ‘Jews / India are after Pakistan’. If you read the article posted by Saleem Shahzad carefully, you will conclude that it is the twisted religious views that are eating Pakistan from the inside. The roots of which have spread so far into the society, even the armed forces (whom swear to protect this ‘land’) are affected by this. The soldiers of Pakistan are being turned into soldiers of Islam (they wish).

    I know there will be many to criticize my comment but I am sorry, it is the bitter truth. Again and again, I have pointed out the fact that we don’t take up religion ourselves, has left a very huge void in our society filled with self-proclaimed clerics twisting and turning religious views to benefit themselves.Recommend

  • parvez

    Well written, interesting and informative.Recommend

  • Sane Voice

    I dont think these are the times when journalists will be beaten to death by the democractic govts. (my presumption is based on the fact that they are lot more vocal journalists who say against govt. bluntly and openly eveyday on T.V and newspapers); however, do believe that the cold blooded murder was the work of agencies, (it could be external as one), given the fact they knew that the obvious blame would go to ISI, since he wrote against them. ( I must also add that I don not discount ISI’s role in this episode).Recommend

  • Faisal

    I just read Saleem’s article in Asia Times. It is shocking. Nobody has dared to talk about this issue. If people like Saleem are silenced one by one, more PNS Mehrans will happen. It seems we are sitting on a heap of gunpowder, It will go off soon. This heap has been put together by our military intelligence. Recommend

  • Fauzia Haider

    Saleem Shehzad’s article caused embarrassment to our Security establishment and exposed the fact that there are some within the security establishment that are actively supporting or sympathizing with the Global Jihadi networks. So i wonder who would be unhappy with him????The Taliban or the Security establishment???? There was no reason for Taliban to kill him for publishing this article, but he did embarrass the Security establishments by exposing their ties to the militants. It takes common sense to come to the conclusion that he was killed by the same people that he embarrassed. It is not the first time in Pakistan that a journalist has been killed for his writings. Pakistan is one of the worlds most dangerous countries for Journalists….. I think we have all forgotten about the young journalist from Miranshah who took pictures of the pieces of missile fired at a militants gathering in waziristan. He published the pictures in the news paper showing that the missile was an American missile and not a Pakistani missile as Musharraf and the army were claiming. It proved that USA were coming into Pakistani tribal areas and carrying on attacks. That young journalist was kidnapped from his car and he disappeared for 6 months. 6 months later his dead body was found dumped on the side of the road near his village with his hand tied behind his back, his beard grown and with bullet holes in his body. He was featured in a documentary “Frontline” by PBS. Hundreds of Baluch leaders are taken tortured and killed by our security forces and then their dead bodies dumped on the side of the roads…why are we acting like our Intelligence/ security agencies have not killed or tortured before and that it is incomprehensible that Saleem was killed by them??? It is their usual Modus Operandi, kidnap, torture, kill and dump the body and repeat…(.MQM is the other group that does the same too) In our country speaking the truth will get you killed! May Saleem’s soul rest in peace and may Allah give his family the strength to carry on…Ameen!Recommend

  • imran ayub

    hi zoha………… well zoha i think what u have written z believed to be that probably ISI has done thz so far ……bt i think v must just have a look at the scenario that how there was an environment created in just a little time of blaming ISI in different cases after the clashes between CIA CHIEF PENETE and ISI CHIEF GEN PASHA. so i think these r just anti ISI and tanti pakistani sentiments who r blaming ISI for thz and they are just frnds f america …….saleem himself sayng that he had a good meeting with the isi officals n islamabad and also every one knows that it was a security breach and saleem has just written abt and also appointed who were that………not any thing wrong abt isi …..Recommend

  • ray

    i agree with shahid..ofcourse we all know CIA is behind all this..but our politician got no guts to admit that..Recommend

  • Shahid Khan

    @ZOHA WASEEM Journalists give sermons against govt from morning to night, some even predict the dates of death of PM and President, other give dates of military coups. None of them has been arrested, tortured or killed by democratic government. There is no political prisoner in country (except those kidnapped by agencies out of control of govt).

    All of us were part of 2007 movement, can you name few journalist killed or kidnapped by civilian govt? The song you are singing against civilian government will only divert blame from agencies to government.

    Name one reputable journalist who can say that agencies did not kill Saleem Shehzad. Same agencies kill politicians from liberal parties, run sanctuaries for terrorists, kidnap people from smaller provinces and act as state within state. You and your types of ‘newbie’ are trying to defend the undefended by blaming civilian govt. Can you say that majority of these ‘test-tube’ journalist is not on our agencies payroll?

    Lies and deception wont get us anywhere. It is your brother journalist who is killed, you may be next victim. Media has produced tons of evidence against agencies who were threatening Saleem Shehzad. We are just helping you people to open your eyes and stop cover-up. Our demands of making agencies accountable, is for your safe future, while you keep your head in sands! Recommend

  • Nauman

    Dear Zoha Don’t You think you and people like shezad exaggerate situations? you people just make a pic of Pakistan that extremist and Taliban are all over even in Navy and others forces why don’t you make us see the whole pic of Pakistan ? how about Black water ? where do you fit Remand Davis and his activities? where have all 7000 USA CIA official disappeared in Pakistan ? don’t you have time to investigate their activity ? have you read that news that all militant attacked on Mehran navy base were not from Pakistan and Afghanistan origin according to their physical Astaire and gesture and they were using waki taki which is only used by black water and USA army ? plz answer meRecommend

  • http://zohawaseem.wordpress.com Zoha Waseem

    @Nauman: No I was not aware that waki taki was only used by Blackwater. I don’t think that is correct. You can find walkie talkies in abundance in the electronic market in Karachi, for starters.

    @Kiran: That was not my personal opinion – just what I heard from sources in Islamabad. This in no ways is the overall opinion of his peers though. I have no intention to discredited what Saleem Shehzad wrote.

    @Reddy: Don’t listen to everything Mr. Malik says. No offence.

    @Ray: Can you prove that the CIA was behind this? Anything to support your argument?

    @Hasan: how do you think ‘taking up religion’ will help our cause when Muslims themselves remain divided on so many aspects of Islam? How does one ‘take up religion’? I do believe this is an ideological war that involves deradicalising mindsets..but I think that has more to do with education and literacy. Religion has, unfortunately, tragically, and incorrectly divided Pakistani society for over sixty years now.Recommend

  • http://dinopak.wordpress.com Hasan

    @Zoha Waseem:

    how do you think ‘taking up religion’ will help our cause when Muslims themselves remain divided on so many aspects of Islam?

    The reason ‘Muslims’ stand divided today is because they have left others to decide their religion. For instance, since when did the ‘clergy’ have the power to dub anyone ‘non-Muslim’? They do it and the rest follow blindly. I can give many examples.

    What is causing this ‘radicalization’? Why are these who call themselves Muslims hell bent on taking innocent lives? I understand you point out to literacy and education, I agree with you, but, even the educated fail to take up issues with the clergy when it comes to belief. For instance, how can you ask a young Muslim man not to wage Jihad? or ask a cleric to stop preaching about it? My question is what according to you is educated and literate?

    General Zia, in his ruling period, formed a team of elite ‘scientists’ to harness the power of djinns. Measure the temperature of hell, find the speed of heaven. Should I consider them literate? Now the other side of the story, a simple man from Jhang, who was educated in this country, goes on to win the Nobel prize in Physics for his famous electro-weak theory (which I doubt many Pakistanis know about) and he is dubbed infidel and thrown out of the country. Why? because he said he found this enlightenment from the Holy Qura’an. Should I consider him illiterate? I am ofcourse talking about Professor Dr. Abdus Salam.

    The messed up religious views have created another level of illiterate, they are known as the the educated illiterate. Our armed forces are given education on science and technology, even they cannot stop this ‘radicalization’ from infiltrating their ranks. Whether you agree or not, even education will not be able to fix this radicalization. I say that because we have examples of ‘western educated’ Muslims turning into radicals. An investigative report suggests that even at this moment this radicalization have penetrated into our Universities.

    We have to take up religion personally, take interest, be curious about it. It is not merely fairy tales (like we are made to believe by the clergy), it is the ONLY way out of this.Recommend

  • Nauman

    Dear Zoha Waseem it was not ordinary Waki Taki cost you 1000 or 2 but they were special one ,perhaps cost you 1 million for a set ,There voice can not be trace at any frequency plus they can work under the sea and in any dense area. This is not my saying it is from one of your counter part report published one of the biggest circulated news paper of Pakistan if you can read urdu plz go and have glance over it
    http://ejang.jang.com.pk/06-02-2011/Karachi/page12.aspRecommend

  • Qyum

    All the evidences are pointing towards ISI…….Recommend

  • Dr,A.K.Tewari

    @ all ,above journalists ,

    .. Now the entire region is in the grip of war .Pakisan is being grinded between the two mill stones , On its west border , fire arms are being used by so many stake holders ,while on the east border, one billion people will continue bombardment through NET and will allow the flow of BLOOD MONEY till the people of Pakistan themselve will not be ready for DEEP SEA burrial of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and to replace it with Secular .democratic , modern , progressive .Pakistan .

    THE GREAT WAR is on and will continue till the total collapse of Islamic Pakistan .

    Peace pact will be only possible with a secular Pakistan .Where freedom of speech is respected ,…?.Recommend

  • Faiza Anwar

    ‘Media propaganda’, is a weapon to manage Pakistani opinion rather than inform it. Pakistani media is free only insofar as it largely adheres to this strategic vision as a mouthpiece for the establishment, or at least by being innocuous and subservient. An expanded wing within the Inter Services Public Relations (the official military PR agency) closely monitors news reports, particularly those impacting strategic issues. A number of tactics come into play when the media loses the script. The first is financial incentives. The scale can be gauged by recent revelations that in 2007 the ministry of information operated an Rs570 million slush fund for the purpose of buying journalists and placing fake news stories.Recommend

  • Dr,A.K.Tewari

    The name of the recipients should be made public without any further delay otherwise so many Baba Ram Dev is going to emerge in Pakistan ,Recommend

  • Arifa Mashhood

    I am not sure of the age group of the writer and all those who have posted their comments on this issue. I believe most of them seem to be between their 20s to 30s/ max. 40s.

    To understand the troubles facing Pakistan today and the crossroads the country finds itself at, one needs to know how and why the country came in to being “not through distorted history books” but having lived through the times and /or heard first hand accounts from grandparents/ parents.

    The damaging influence of the Western and Indian media on the Pakistani Society through the influx of ‘Cable TV’ is very evident in the articles, news reports, TV talk shows etc.

    You should look at the way the US and Indian media handles any story that could be damaging to their country’s welfare, security and defence. There are very few journalists in those two countries that resort to “yellow journalism”.

    What everyone, whichever countrythey belong to should always remember is that safeguarding the interests & property (intellectual & physical) of one’s own country are the most important and ultimate duty of every patriotic citizen.

    I have lived through the two wars with India (was only 7 years old in 1965 and 13 during the ’71 war), the younger generation must understand the sacrifices our Armed Forces have made over the years.

    Do try to disseminate the information you receive, hear and read but only after thoroughly verifying to the best of your ability. Avoid rash conjecture, conspiracy theories that only fuel the fire. Remember, all the Western and Indian media is only spewing negative news about Pakistan. The average Pakistani public does not read or hear that, but they certainly read and hear the local print & electronic media.

    Hence, the hate filled conspiracy theories against our own Armed Forces are helping the long term strategy of the West. Pakistanis, please remember that the once mighty Armed Forces of our country, the Air Force that was touted as second in the world only to the RAF in 1965 is being targetted to weaken their morale and turn their own country men against them. Please open your eyes to the bigger picture unfolding. Please do not help the enemies of Pakistan by fighting their ‘War” for them.

    Please analyze, rationalize before you ‘jump on the band wagons’ as to who benefits the MOST from these attacks on our Armed Forces, ISI and Police. This is more important than simply getting a scoop, as some channels claim that “we were the first to break this news”.

    I cannot condone any Islamist, any militant, any Al Qaida or whatever person who attacks civilians when they are offering their prayers, who attacks the ‘custodians’ of our very security and defence. If these people really are Muslims, then shame on them for attacking felllow Muslims while praying, shopping, or just going about their life. True Muslims know that Allah is the ultimate judge and eventually punishes in his own time and way.

    No religion in this world teaches destruction, murder of innocents, arson, looting and as for Islam, just read the last ‘Khutba’ of our Prophet, Hazrat Muhammad SAW and his words on the Victory of Makkah!!Recommend

  • Abhi

    @Hasan
    It is not just the lack of knowledge about religion which is a problem, it is also the boundry of religion. In modern times religion is more or less confined to spiritual aspects and doesn’t have much impact on the day to day activities. In pakistan most of the people (espcially Mulla and Moulvis) try to project Islam as a complete guide to life (including economy, science and other aspects). This is where the problem starts. If you want to make bridge you don’t need hafiz-e-quaran for that. You need good engineers. Similarly when it comes to economy you need people who are aware of modern economic theories and able to use them to formulate policies and implement them.

    If you take example of Abus Salam his great scientific knowledge was ingored because he was follower of a particular sect. If the society was mature enough to see that his scientific knowledge has nothing to do with his religious views he could have to the respect he was entitled to.

    There is need to reduce the fixation on religion in all the aspects of life, to get rid of intolerance in society.Recommend

  • Arifa Mashhood

    Freedom of Speech? Media Freedom? I wrote this last week as a comment on Zoya’s subject article, however it was NOT PUBLISHED. Sending again as maybe…..

    I am not sure of the age group of the writer and all those who have posted their comments on this issue. I believe most of them seem to be between their 20s to 30s/ max. 40s.

    To understand the troubles facing Pakistan today and the crossroads the country finds itself at, one needs to know how and why the country came in to being “not through distorted history books” but having lived through the times and /or heard first hand accounts from grandparents/ parents.

    The damaging influence of the Western and Indian media on the Pakistani Society through the influx of ‘Cable TV’ is very evident in the articles, news reports, TV talk shows etc.

    You should look at the way the US and Indian media handles any story that could be damaging to their country’s welfare, security and defence. There are very few journalists in those two countries that resort to “yellow journalism”.

    What everyone, whichever countrythey belong to should always remember is that safeguarding the interests & property (intellectual & physical) of one’s own country are the most important and ultimate duty of every patriotic citizen.

    I have lived through the two wars with India (was only 7 years old in 1965 and 13 during the ’71 war), the younger generation must understand the sacrifices our Armed Forces have made over the years.

    Do try to disseminate the information you receive, hear and read but only after thoroughly verifying to the best of your ability. Avoid rash conjecture, conspiracy theories that only fuel the fire. Remember, all the Western and Indian media is only spewing negative news about Pakistan. The average Pakistani public does not read or hear that, but they certainly read and hear the local print & electronic media.

    Hence, the hate filled conspiracy theories against our own Armed Forces are helping the long term strategy of the West. Pakistanis, please remember that the once mighty Armed Forces of our country, the Air Force that was touted as second in the world only to the RAF in 1965 is being targetted to weaken their morale and turn their own country men against them. Please open your eyes to the bigger picture unfolding. Please do not help the enemies of Pakistan by fighting their ‘War” for them.

    Please analyze, rationalize before you ‘jump on the band wagons’ as to who benefits the MOST from these attacks on our Armed Forces, ISI and Police. This is more important than simply getting a scoop, as some channels claim that “we were the first to break this news”.

    I cannot condone any Islamist, any militant, any Al Qaida or whatever person who attacks civilians when they are offering their prayers, who attacks the ‘custodians’ of our very security and defence. If these people really are Muslims, then shame on them for attacking felllow Muslims while praying, shopping, or just going about their life. True Muslims know that Allah is the ultimate judge and eventually punishes in his own time and way.

    No religion in this world teaches destruction, murder of innocents, arson, looting and as for Islam, just read the last ‘Khutba’ of our Prophet, Hazrat Muhammad SAW and his words on the Victory of Makkah!!Recommend

  • basim

    @Shahid Khan: what??!Recommend

  • live pakistan news

    @Shahid Khan: It is not surprising to say that in Pakistan even human life is unsafe, what to talk about others rights. From high alert army officials to an ordinary man all are facing the same fate after having powerful defense institutions. There are not many opportunities to grow and keep the wheel of economy moving. The country is all around besieged from internal as well as external threats to stability. Everybody here is desperately struggling to survive by hook or crook. As far as security officials and law enforcement agencies are sacrificing their lives for the defense of the nation, things are understandable. But what to say when a journalist or and ordinary man is killed. There is no proper investigation conducted after these occasions and no mystery is uncovered. Public is kept under shadows and confusions from all these deadly incidents. What comes to my mind is what we are all doing in this country if it does not give us the very basic rights after we pay huge taxes. Why are we sitting at homes watching all this happening and waiting any messiah to come and relieve us from these sufferings? There is an immediate need of human rights revolution in Pakistan to bring a total change to this unwanted life events.
    Read Here about Death news of another Journalist Saleem Shahzad
    live pakistan newsRecommend

  • Zoha Waseem

    @SHAHID KHAN
    I believe you haven’t understood what I have written above. I have not diverted blame away from the intelligence agencies. I have explicitly written the extent to which agencies were after Saleem Shehzad. I never once blamed the civilian government for this act. I posed the information I had open to different answers and interpretation without casting direct blame and making grand accusations and statements. It’s called objective reporting! If you had understood this blog correctly you would know where my opinion on this entire thing lies. If you still don’t understand, I’ll state now, that I was not – am not – diverting blame away from intelligence agencies. And FYI, I have written about the evidence produced which suggests blatantly that Saleem Shehzad was being threatened by agencies. I don’t know whose head you think is in the sand, but perhaps you’ve read a different piece altogether. Recommend

  • Mangoman

    I would like to extend my condolence for the person whom I learned about through your article and through television shows and news, Saleem Shazad.
    Moreover, I am not concerned about the involvement of ISI, CIA, RAW, Al-qaeda or TTP in his brutal assassination. Yes I am worried about the happening of such incidents and their frequency of happening. I just want to request all the readers and writers, instead of manifesting their biased thoughts without a credible proof or reference; they should lend some sense and should foresee the responsibility or the repercussion of their manifested views. In this thread I have seen few people mentioning that there is enough proof to believe that ISI assassinated Saleem. I would like to request the person saying that if he/she can refer to all the proofs that he/she has gone through before establishing such belief.
    I am not a pro-army or pro-ISI person. I am just a confused Mango man of this country who has become sick of all views that is being broad casted. I still feel that media is not informing the people of Pakistan, rather I would term is as rumor and propaganda agents have equipped them selves with the contemporary technology cuz what ever I get from them is not clear and conclusive with solid proof behind or may be they are not daring enough to present them. Recommend