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Journalist murdered after writing about links between al Qaeda and Pakistan's navy
From The Telegraph
The death of Syed Saleem Shahzad, who wrote for Asia Times Online and an Italian news agency, has sent shock waves through the country's newsrooms amid suspicions that he fell foul of the country's shadowy intelligence agencies.
He was reported missing in the capital, Islamabad, on Sunday. On Tuesday police said family members identified a body pulled from a canal almost 100 miles away as that of the 40-year-old journalist. They said his body bore signs of torture.
He disappeared two days after writing an investigative report in Asia Times Online describing how al-Qaeda carried out last week's attack on a naval airbase in Karachi. . . Mr Shahzad's explosive report claimed the navy had been in talks with al-Qaeda who wanted the release of officers arrested on suspicion of terrorist ties.
Ali Dayan Hasan, senior South Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch, said Mr Shahzad had complained about being threatened. "The other day he visited our office and informed us that ISI had threatened him. He told us that if anything happened to him, we should inform the media about the situation and threats," said Mr Hasan.
A senior intelligence official dismissed the allegations as "absurd".