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Laptop, mobile data of slain Pak journo missing

Laptop, mobile data of slain Pak journo missing

The laptop, mobile phone and email records of Syed Saleem Shahzad have gone missing.

Islamabad: The laptop, mobile phone and email records of slain Pakistani journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad have gone missing. This was disclosed to the media by officials of an inquiry commission probing the murder.

The panel chaired by Supreme Court Justice Saqib Nisar, which met in the apex court building yesterday, directed the police chiefs of Punjab province and Islamabad to continue their investigation into the crime.

Police officials presented the FIR and other records regarding the crime to the commission.

Senior journalist Hamid Mir and Zafar Shaikh, a friend of Shahzad, recorded their statements.

Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists President Pervaiz Shaukat, a member of the commission, told reporters that authorities had approached companies for information on Shahzad's e-mail data.

He said the commission was fulfilling all its legal requirements and efforts were being made to trace Shahzad's cellular phone and laptop.

The commission will meet again shortly and four journalists, including Najam Sethi and Mehar Bukhari, are expected to record their statements, he said.

Shahzad was abducted while driving from his house to a TV station in Islamabad on May 29, two days after he alleged in an article that al-Qaeda had infiltrated the Pakistan Navy.

His body, bearing marks of torture, was found the next day in a canal in Punjab province.

Journalists' associations and rights groups alleged intelligence agencies were responsible for the killing, a charge denied by the Pakistani spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence.

Shahzad had also told colleagues about receiving veiled threats from the ISI.
first published:July 20, 2011, 14:34 IST