July 5, 2011
US officials believe Pakistan’s spy agency was behind the killing of a Pakistani journalist who reported that Islamist militants had infiltrated the military, the New York Times reported.
The newspaper quoted two senior officials as saying that intelligence showed that senior members of Pakistan’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency ordered the killing of Saleem Shahzad, 40, to muzzle criticism.
The report was likely to further raise tensions between the uneasy allies following the US commando raid north of Islamabad in May that killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and was carried out without Pakistan’s knowledge.
One of the US officials quoted by the Times described the actions of the ISI — which has historic ties to Islamist militants in neighboring Afghanistan and disputed Kashmir — as “barbaric and unacceptable.”
This article was posted: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 8:09 am