ISI tortured Pak Journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad to death

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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Syed Saleem Shahzad
Islamabad, Jun 2: Syed Saleem Shahzad, the Pakistani journalist who knew all about the unholy alliance between the ISI and various terror organisations was meted out a painful death by the spy agency. His post-mortem report shows at least 15 torture marks on his body, but no bullet wounds.

The autopsy result also said that Shahzad probably died of a lethal blow on his chest. Images carried out by various Pakistani TV channels show deep bruises around his face and chest region.

Ali Dayan Hasan of the Human Rights Watch in South Asia was quoted by the Times of India as saying, "Saleem Shahzad's killing bore hallmarks of previous killings perpetrated by Pakistani intelligence agencies."

He also said that Shahzad was receiving numerous threat calls from the ISI and thus had asked him to quickly inform the media if anything happened to him.

Shahzad's killing has sparked a massive unrest among the journalists in Pakistan, who are now feeling the pinch of insecurity while reporting anything even slightly negative about the country's security establishments.

Amir Mateen, a senior journalist has been quoted by the Times of India as saying, "It is extremely risky for journalists to report about the country's military establishment against its will. We have not developed the habit to critically write about the military and intelligence agencies."

Quatrina Husain, a TV talk show host has been quoted by the newspaper as saying, "We want an answer. We need an answer. We deserve an answer."

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