As Pakistan plays its part in the war on terror and fights back against militants plotting against the state (and against the people), a war of information rages too. Players on all sides and in every corner are trying to direct the narrative. And some of them are trying to ensure certain facts remain hidden. In the middle of all this are the brave journalists, such as Syed Saleem Shahzad, who risk their lives trying to ferret out the facts.
In six weeks, the commission headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar will report its findings on the murder of Saleem Shahzad. Ever since the disappearance and death of the investigative journalist in late May, fingers across the country have been pointing at the ISI.
In an interview with India’s The Economic Times, author and journalist Mohammed Hanif was asked if Saleem Shahzad died because he knew too much. “In Pakistan you can criticise the military and its intelligence agencies in general terms, but as soon as you start naming names, investigating specific events, you are in trouble,” said Hanif.
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Below is a timeline of events in this case.