This is the height of it. You find anyone who doesn’t tow the line of our “deep state” or becomes a potential threat to those linked with the “deep state” are not just beaten, but are killed. Syed Saleem Shehzad, a talented but “unaccomplished” journalist has been killed after abduction and torture. Why we say he was “unaccomplished” because he did not belong to Jang/The News, Dawn nor was part of the 20 who were briefed by the military post OBL operation.
Saleem Shehzad has been missing for the last few days and a number of friends and well wishers were fearing the worst for him. What was his crime? He was unearthing crimes of Al-Qaeda and Taliban and their links within the Deep State and the Military.
Apparently his last story called Al-Qaeda had warned of Pakistan strike is being touted as the straw that broke the camel’s back. According to Saleem’s report the attack on “PNS Mehran naval air station in Karachi on May 22 (was a result of) after talks failed between the navy and al-Qaeda over the release of naval officials arrested on suspicion of al-Qaeda links”. His report highlighted that the attack on PNS Mehran was not a reaction to the killing of OBL but as a result of “a reaction to massive internal crackdowns on al-Qaeda affiliates within the navy”. He also linked the three attacks on naval buses in Karachi as a prequel to the attack on PNS Mehran.
Cover of Syed Saleem Shehzad's book "Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban - Beyond Bin Laden and 9/11" - published by Pluto Books
However true Saleem’s story was, it was something for sure not liked by our “deep state”. Saleem was an easy target. He was not as well known unlike the Mirs, Abbasis, Khans, Hussains etc of Pakistan’s investigative journalism. He did not belong to the Jang Group, whose investigative journalists are fed information by the deep state and their henchmen on a regular basis. He was not just a journalist, but also an author of a book which was incidentally published on 20th May, 2011 only. His book is titled “Inside al-Qaeda and the Taliban: Beyond Bin Laden and 9/11” which is considered as a “version of the ‘war on terror’ that has never been told. It will fascinate anyone concerned with the strategy and tactics of the most controversial Islamic movements.”
In the video clip below, his interview begins from 2 minutes onwards. In his interview to The Real News, Saleem mentioned that post 9-11, a number of army officials retired from service to become part of Al-Qaeda’s extended network. He also talked about the links of Ilyas Kashmiri with retired army officials. He also indicated the links of the retired officials in protecting Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad.
If you have to live in Pakistan, you have to abide by the rules set by the “Deep State”. I have been saying that our military and ISI will conduct one or a series of adventures thinking they’ll be able to redeem themselves. A senior columnist says “Yeh to ibtida-i-Ishq hai, agay dekh hota hai kya … this is the result of the thrashing around of a wounded beast”.
We can only pray for Saleem Shehzad’s departed soul with a hope that our mainstream media will be able to see through their masters who will eventually kill them also if they have to. The Mirs, Abbasis, Khans, Hussains etc of Pakistan’s investigative journalism must know that today you are on the side of the “Deep State”, tomorrow you may not be. This is the time for you to wake up first before you do your rants against the government’s failure to protect journalists.
Updated: Just like I mentioned earlier, the response by the “accomplished” journalists have been nothing but lukewarm to Saleem Shahzad’s killing. Look at how Jang covers it on their front page. It’s somewhere in the bottom with three small news.
On the other hand, the top of the page news is a yet another statement of Anti-Christ of Pakistan, Iftikhar Chaudhry. The main headline is the appointment of a 5 member commission to investigate the Abbottabad Saniha!!! Yesterday, Ghalat Hussain had Kashif Abbasi and Absar Alam on his show. The matter discussed was the abduction of Saleem Shahzad. Surprisingly, a note was playing on the bottom of the screen that this program was recorded before the killing of Saleem Shehzad.
This just goes to show the priorities of the ISI backed ghairat brigade mafia in the media. On the other hand, if it was something damning towards the government, Ghalat Hussain would have done a live show for 4 hours and given us a dose of his rants.