Pakistan appoints official to probe journalist’s death

June 14th, 2011 - 3:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, June 14 (IANS) Pakistan has appointed the chief justice of a federal court as the head of a commission to probe the death of journalist Saleem Shahzad, a media report said.

Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan, chief justice of the Federal Shariat Court, would probe the killing of Shahzad, who went missing May 29 and was two days later found killed after having been tortured, Dawn News said.

The body of the 40-year-old Asia Times Online correspondent, whose writings on Islamist groups and on Pakistan and Afghanistan enjoyed a vast readership, was found May 31 in a canal in Mandi Bahauddin area of Punjab province, about 150 km southeast of Islamabad.

Shahzad went missing from Islamabad while going to the Dunya TV office to take part in a programme related to the terrorist attack May 22 on a major naval base in Karachi that left 10 security personnel and four militants dead.

Human right organisations and journalists associations had been demanding a probe into his death.

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