Pluto author Syed Saleem Shahzad has been found dead in Pakistan, two days after going missing on the way to a television interview. Dawn reports:
“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. Police also reported finding a diary in the car with many contacts listed inside it.
Days before his disappearance, Shahzad had authored an article that alleged links between navy officials and al Qaeda.”
More details to follow.
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