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Slain Pak journalist's laptop recovered

October 27, 2011 - Islamabad

The Pakistani judicial commission investigating the Saleem Shahzad murder case has obtained his laptop, according to a news report.

Shahzad's body- bearing signs of torture- was found from a canal in Mandi Bahauddin on May 31, two days after he was abducted in Islamabad.

The laptop and phone records of Shahzad had been reported missing after his murder in May this year.

The commission was earlier successful in getting access to his phone, but the laptop remained missing, Express 24/7 reports.

Chairman Justice Saqib Nisar chaired the commission session in Islamabad on Wednesday, during which different angles for investigation into Shahzad's murder were reviewed.

Briefing the media after the session, one of the commission members, Pervaiz Shaukat, who is also the president of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), said that the record of Shahzad's laptop was not accessible in the past.

He said that Justice Nisar has directed all members to submit their recommendations till Tuesday, while the final shape will be given to the report during the month of November.

Shahzad had disappeared two days after writing an investigative report in Asia Times Online, saying that Al Qaeda had carried out a recent attack on a naval air base to avenge the arrest of naval officials held on suspicion of al Qaeda links.

The slain journalist's colleagues had accused the ISI, which had reportedly threatened Shahzad, of being behind the 40-year-old journalist's abduction and killing, a charge that the agency called "baseless."


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