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    Syed Saleem Shahzad : OPEN CASE.

    ISLAMABAD: Journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad’s body was found in Sarai Alamgir, nearly 200 kilometres from Islamabad on Tuesday.
    Shahzad was the Pakistan bureau chief of Asia Times Online. He went missing from Islamabad on Sunday evening.
    Reports claim that it has been confirmed that his body has been identified and showed signs of torture.
    Earlier it had been reported that Shahzad’s car had been found in Sarai Alamgir and a body had also been discovered nearby. However, it had not been identified at the time.
    Days before his disappearance, Shahzad had authored an article that alleged links between navy officials and al Qaeda.

    Possible lead:
    Calling all journos "Saleem Shahzad", his article was "first article in a two-part report." ANY BODY KNOW WHERE SECOND PART IS?

    His article.

    This is the first article in a two-part report.

    ISLAMABAD - Al-Qaeda carried out the brazen attack on PNS Mehran naval air station in Karachi on May 22 after talks failed between the navy and al-Qaeda over the release of naval officials arrested on suspicion of al-Qaeda links, an Asia Times Online investigation reveals.

    Pakistani security forces battled for 15 hours to clear the naval base after it had been stormed by a handful of well-armed militants.

    At least 10 people were killed and two United States-made P3-C

    Orion surveillance and anti-submarine aircraft worth US$36 million each were destroyed before some of the attackers escaped through a cordon of thousands of armed forces.

    An official statement placed the number of militants at six, with four killed and two escaping. Unofficial sources, though, claim there were 10 militants with six getting free. Asia Times Online contacts confirm that the attackers were from Ilyas Kashmiri's 313 Brigade, the operational arm of al-Qaeda.

    Three attacks on navy buses in which at least nine people were killed last month were warning shots for navy officials to accept al-Qaeda's demands over the detained suspects.

    The May 2 killing in Pakistan of Osama bin Laden spurred al-Qaeda groups into developing a consensus for the attack in Karachi, in part as revenge for the death of their leader and also to deal a blow to Pakistan's surveillance capacity against the Indian navy.

    The deeper underlying motive, though, was a reaction to massive internal crackdowns on al-Qaeda affiliates within the navy.

    Volcano of militancy
    Several weeks ago, naval intelligence traced an al-Qaeda cell operating inside several navy bases in Karachi, the country's largest city and key port.

    "Islamic sentiments are common in the armed forces," a senior navy official told Asia Times Online on the condition of anonymity as he is not authorized to speak to the media.

    "We never felt threatened by that. All armed forces around the world, whether American, British or Indian, take some inspiration from religion to motivate their cadre against the enemy. Pakistan came into existence on the two-nation theory that Hindus and Muslims are two separate nations and therefore no one can separate Islam and Islamic sentiment from the armed forces of Pakistan," the official said.

    "Nonetheless, we observed an uneasy grouping on different naval bases in Karachi. While nobody can obstruct armed forces personnel for rendering religious rituals or studying Islam, the grouping [we observed] was against the discipline of the armed forces. That was the beginning of an intelligence operation in the navy to check for unscrupulous activities."

    The official explained the grouping was against the leadership of the armed forces and opposed to its nexus with the United States against Islamic militancy. When some messages were intercepted hinting at attacks on visiting American officials, intelligence had good reason to take action and after careful evaluation at least 10 people - mostly from the lower cadre - were arrested in a series of operations.

    "That was the beginning of huge trouble," the official said.

    Those arrested were held in a naval intelligence office behind the chief minister's residence in Karachi, but before proper interrogation could begin, the in-charge of the investigation received direct threats from militants who made it clear they knew where the men were being detained.

    The detainees were promptly moved to a safer location, but the threats continued. Officials involved in the case believe the militants feared interrogation would lead to the arrest of more of their loyalists in the navy. The militants therefore made it clear that if those detained were not released, naval installations would be attacked.

    It was clear the militants were receiving good inside information as they always knew where the suspects were being detained, indicating sizeable al-Qaeda infiltration within the navy's ranks. A senior-level naval conference was called at which an intelligence official insisted that the matter be handled with great care, otherwise the consequences could be disastrous. Everybody present agreed, and it was decided to open a line of communication with al-Qaeda.

    Abdul Samad Mansoori, a former student union activist and now part of 313 brigade, who originally hailed from Karachi but now lives in the North Waziristan tribal area was approached and talks begun. Al-Qaeda demanded the immediate release of the officials without further interrogation. This was rejected.

    The detainees were allowed to speak to their families and were well treated, but officials were desperate to interrogate them fully to get an idea of the strength of al-Qaeda's penetration. The militants were told that once interrogation was completed, the men would be discharged from the service and freed.

    Al-Qaeda rejected these terms and expressed its displeasure with the attacks on the navy buses in April.

    These incidents pointed to more than the one al-Qaeda cell intelligence had tracked in the navy. The fear now was that if the problem was not addressed, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) supply lines could face a new threat. NATO convoys are routinely attacked once they begin the journey from Karachi to Afghanistan; now they could be at risk in Karachi port. Americans who often visit naval facilities in the city would also be in danger.

    Therefore, another crackdown was conducted and more people were arrested. Those seized had different ethnic backgrounds. One naval commando came from South Waziristan's Mehsud tribe and was believed to have received direct instructions from Hakeemullah Mehsud, the chief of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (Pakistan Taliban). Others were from Punjab province and Karachi, the capital of Sindh province.

    After Bin Laden was killed by American Navy Seals in Abbottabad, 60 kilometers north of Islamabad, militants decided the time was ripe for major action.

    Within a week, insiders at PNS Mehran provided maps, pictures of different exit and entry routes taken in daylight and at night, the location of hangers and details of likely reaction from external security forces.

    As a result, the militants were able to enter the heavily guarded facility where one group targeted the aircraft, a second group took on the first strike force and a third finally escaped with the others providing covering fire. Those who stayed behind were killed.

    Next: Recruitment and training of militants

    Syed Saleem Shahzad is Asia Times Online's Pakistan Bureau Chief and author of Inside al-Qaeda and the Taliban: Beyond Bin Laden and 9/11 published by Pluto Press, UK. He can be reached at

    Syed Saleem Shahzad - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

     syed saleem shahzad articles

    His last tweets:!/SyedSaleemShahz

    His web site:

    We have some leads , BSU's deployed.
    Contact us if you have information.

    If you have info on case We have Secure,encrypted,cloaked com channel set up 4 U

    we have opened a Shahzad Wiki , reporters only, U Need twitter acct ID's U as reporter & pre dates his death, for admission,G

    War Anthropologist
    TTP,Taliban webmasters, IPs and locations:
    Bottom half of article.

    Internet Anthropologist Think Tank: Dancho Danchev Missing,FOUND

     You can post confidential info in comments.

    Only I will see them, mark comment "DONOT PUBLISH"

    to keep it private. G

    All other comment will be posted.


    Use a proxy, not in Pakistan and click here:

    Chat w/Gerald


    Pick a site here: 
    Post info and send me the URL.

    Wanted: Info:Leads:
    Cause of death:
    What were signs of torture.
    Who did he last meet with.
    Last calls on his cell phone.
    Notes on second part of his story.


    on his way to a television interview on Sunday evening at Dunya TV.

    Any body could have checked the schedual, or even had him under


    Shahzad's body was found six miles from his car in a small hamlet on the edge of Islamabad.

    So they removed him from his car and transported him to a location where he was questioned.

    He may have had info they wanted as indicated by torture marks on his face.

    Our info leads us to believe it was about his sources inside the government.

    Local media reported that he had torture marks on his face and a gunshot wound to the stomach.

    A gun shot wound to the Stomach indicates alot of anger, almost a personal vendeta, that is very

    painful and takes quite a while to die, then they dumped his body?

    Ali Dayan Hasan of Human Rights Watch, noting that Shahzad had previously warned that his life was in danger from the ISI.

    Shahzad, the Pakistan correspondent for the Hong Kong-based news service Asia Times Online, vanished two days after publishing a story alleging negotiations between Pakistan military officials and al-Qaida.

    Hasan said he had been informed through "reliable interlocutors" that Shahzad was being held by the ISI.

    Last October Shahzad sent Human Rights Watch an email saying he was afraid he would be killed by the ISI,

    Please release the email.

    ( at a previous meeting )
    The two ISI officials Shahzad said were present at the meeting, Rear Admiral Adnan Nawaz and Commodore Khalid Pervaiz, were both naval officers. Last week Pervaiz was made commander of the Karachi naval base that was attacked. Right now they are persons of Interest, Rear Admiral Adnan Nawaz
    and Commodore Khalid Pervaiz.Any one have email addys for them?

    He had interviewed some of the most notorious leaders including Sirajuddin Haqqani, a major player in the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, and Ilyas Kashmiri, a Pakistani militant who works for al-Qaida.

    His new book, Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban: Beyond Bin Laden and 9/11, had just been published.

    according to Reporters without Borders, which says that 16 journalists have been killed in the past 14 months.

    Last September Umar Cheema, another investigative reporter, was abducted from Islamabad for six hours and tortured before being released. He said he suspected that his kidnappers belonged to the ISI.

    More breaking:

     Wanted Info,
     #1)caliber of bullet,
     #2)Map,his place,TV station,car,body.
    #3)  "Persons of Interest" ISI: Rear Admiral Adnan Nawaz &ISI Commodore Khalid Pervaiz: want their Email addys

    Many methods to Get info to me in Secret, see aboveif: Gerald

    .Opened Wiki for Investigation of Shahzad assassination. 



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