DemocracyNow.org - A rare inquiry to investigate the murder of Asia Times reporter Syed Saleem Shahzad has begun in Pakistan. Shahzad was kidnapped in May near his residence in Islamabad and found dead two days later. His body showed signs of torture. He had complained of being threatened by Pakistani intelligence and had just published an exposé of a militant attack on a Karachi navy base — alleging links between Pakistani navy officials and al-Qaeda. Shahzad is also the author of "Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban: Beyond bin Laden and 9/11." His murder immediately fueled speculation about involvement by state security forces, and raised questions about press freedom in Pakistan. Immediately after Shahzad's murder, Human Rights Watch said the Pakistani government should establish an independent investigation into his killing and look into other allegations of serious human rights abuse by the Pakistani military's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.
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Democracy Now! interviews Ali Dayan Hasan, a senior researcher for Human Rights Watch about Shahzad's work, and how the allegations linking the ISI to his murder are the most direct connections yet linking the agency to threats to Pakistani journalists.
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