Friday, September 23, 2011

War on Terror
23 Sep 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com
Saleem Shahzad: The Journalist and the Spies

By Dexter Filkins

The Murder of a Reporter who Exposed Pakistan’s Secrets

“Even his tie and shoes were still on,” Shafiq told me. He called the police, and by the next day they had determined the man’s identity: Syed Saleem Shahzad, a journalist known for his exposés of the Pakistani military. Meanwhile, the zamindar—feudal lord—of a village twenty miles upstream from the dam called the police about a white Toyota Corolla that had been abandoned by the canal, in the shade of a banyan tree. The police discovered that the car belonged to Shahzad. Its doors were locked, and there was no trace of blood. Shahzad, whose parents migrated from India after Partition, making him a Mohajir—Urdu for “immigrant”—was an affable outsider within Pakistan’s journalistic circles. A hallmark of Shahzad’s reporting was that it frequently featured interviews with Islamist militants, including Al Qaeda fighters. -- Dexter Filkins

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