|A recent report in The New Yorker states that order to kill Pakistani investigative journalist Saleem Shahzad came from a senior officer on Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani's staff. Quoting a Pakistani army officer, The New Yorker reported: "According to the American official, reliable intelligence indicates that the order to kill Shahzad came from a senior officer on General Kayani's staff. The officer made it clear that he was speaking on behalf of Kayani himself." The report said the presence of Islamists in Pakistan navy, and at Mehran naval base, which was attacked by terrorists, was not a secret among Pakistanis but that Shahzad's article was particularly "incendiary".
May 2011 will go down in Pakistan history as literally a month of mayhem for not only stepped up explosions of gunfire and bombs, but also for exposures of long hidden facts and the shocks they caused to Pakistan’s army, its floundering civilian government and mostly to its people. While the killing of the world’s worst ever terrorist Osama bin Laden on 2 May, in a surprise-attack by US Special forces in the mansion at Abbotababad exposed yet another major deception of Pakistan army, Syed Saleem Shahzad’s book Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban: Beyond Bin Laden and 9/11 (Pluto Press/ distributed in India by Pentagon Press, 2011) exposed many more about its various nefarious connections. The very well planned strike on Pakistan’s leading naval base at Karachi, PNS Mehran, two days after Shahzad’s article "Al-Qaeda had warned of Pakistani strike" appeared online and after the release of his book already containing many embarrassing exposures of Pakistan’s military, may well have egged his killers to expedite his elimination to prevent many more articles elaborating on already exposed linkages.
On 29 May 2011, one week after the release of his book in UK, Shahzad was abducted, days after writing an article suggesting that insiders in the Pakistan navy had colluded with Al-Qaeda in an attack on PNS Mehran. The next day he was brutally murdered and a day later, on 31 May, his battered body was recovered from a canal 60 kms away from Pakistan’s capital Islamabad.
The exposures caused by Osama’s killing and attack on Mehran were just precursors to the vast range of wheels within wheels and cross -connections elaborated in Shahzad’s book which are of great significance to India, US, Afghanistan and of course Pakistan.
US President Barack Obama may well have delivered on his campaign promise to kill Osama bin Laden, but during the decade that he remained on the run, he was not really a functional Al-Qaeda strategist.
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