LFP Calls for a 24-Hour Complete Media Shutdown to Protest Shahzad's Murder

LFP has condemned the sad and brutal murder of Syed Saleem Shahzad, the humble and soft spoken Pakistan bureau chief of Asian Times Online and correspondent of Adnkronos International, the Italian news agency, who had recently authored a book entitled “Inside Al Qaeda and the Taliban: Beyond Bin Laden and 9/11”.

LFP has called upon all the media, both print and electronic, to show its solidarity with Mr Shahzad by adopting a 24 hour complete media shut-down. The media barons of Pakistan may incur a loss but this will be a small sacrifice for the freedom of the press and to protest brutal murder of a fellow journalist.

LFP has also called on all who are on Facebook to show their solidarity by clicking on Syed Saleem Shahzad’s Facebook account by requesting to become his friend. His profile photograph is that of the title of his upcoming book.

Shahzad was believed to have been abducted by intelligence agents from the well-heeled F-6/2 area of Islamabad around 5:45 p.m on May 29. At the time, he was on his way to the studios of Pakistan’s Dunya News channel to discuss the contents of his latest report about the naval-base attack in which he had alleged significant Al Qaeda infiltration in the lower level ranks of the Pakistan Navy and spoke of direct negotiations between the Pakistan Navy and Al Qaeda’s 313 Brigade.  He was probably tortured and killed the same night and his body was found in a canal in Sarai Alamgir, nearly 200 kilometres from Islamabad on May 30 and hastily buried by the local police. His death became public the next day when his car was discovered at the same location, with his identity cards.