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Shahzad killed on Kayani aide’s orders; info on Kashmiri passed to US: Report

Shahzad killed on Kayani aide’s orders; info on Kashmiri passed to US: Report

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Shahzad killed on Kayani aide’s orders; info on Kashmiri passed to US: Report Sep 13 2011 New Delhi : The New

Yorker magazine has said that Pakistani journalist Saleem Sh ahzad could have been killed on the orders of a senior officer who was part of P ak Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani’s staff, and that the murder was possib ly linked to a drone attack days later in which senior Al-Qaeda operative Ilyas Kashmiri was killed. The article, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dexter Filkins, detail s the events leading up to Shahzad’s death in May this year. “...Reliable intelligence indicates that the order to kill Shahzad came from a sen ior officer on General Kiyani’s staff. The officer made it clear that he was speak ing on behalf of Kiyani himself,” the article says. Noting that Kashmiri was killed four days after Shahzad’s body was found, the arti cle suggests that Pak intelligence agencies tortured the journalist to get infor mation on the whereabouts of the terrorist, which was passed on to the US. The article reports that the inspector-general of Islamabad police told journali sts that Shahzad’s cellphone records had registered more than 258 calls from Kashm iri within a one-month period. The article claims that Shahzad was under the scanner of Pakistani intelligence agencies, as in the months before his killing, foreign intelligence agencies, in cluding Indian and British, had tried to recruit him. According to the report, Roger van Zwanenberg, publisher of Pluto Press, the Lon don imprint that released Shahzad’s book, claimed that British intelligence office rs wanted Shahzad to help them get in touch with Taliban leaders but he declined . He added that when Shahzad attended a conference in Delhi this spring, “officers from an Indian intelligence agency offered to put him on a retainer.” http://www.indianexpress.com/news/shahzad-killed-on-kayani-aides-orders;-info-on -

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