'Prime suspect' ISI to probe Pak journalist murder case

Islamabad, June 19(ANI): The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), which is widely being seen as the prime suspect in the Saleem Shahzad murder case, has ordered an internal inquiry into the Pakistani journalist's brutal killing.

The ISI is expected to inform Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani about its findings next week.

The spy agency has already informed the government that there is no truth in the claim that the call record of the murdered journalist is missing or has been erased by the ISI, The News quoted a source, as saying.

Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Asma Jahangir had claimed on Friday that the call record of Shahzad's mobile phone for the last 15 days of his life was missing. She also pointed out that it is the ISI that has access to such record and also takes care of it.

On May 29, Pakistani investigative reporter Syed Saleem Shahzad had gone missing in Islamabad, and his body, showing over a dozen marks of torture, was found two days later.

Journalists and human rights activists have said they believe that Shahzad's killing was payback not from militants, but from Pakistan's fearsome spy agencies that had reportedly threatened the investigative reporter. (ANI)