Saleem Shahzad Murder Commission submits report to PM.
ISLAMABAD, January 11, 2012 (Balochistan Times): Journalist Saleem
Shahzad Murder Commission on Tuesday submitted its report to the Prime
Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani. The Commission finalized its report on
Monday (Jan 9) which was signed by all the members. The proceedings of
the Commission continued from June 27, 2011 till January 9, 2012.
Several meetings of the Commission were held beside a number of meetings
to confabulate on certain aspects in the course of inquiry. The
Commission called for evidence through public notice in media and
examined a large number of witnesses. The Commission also invited
suggestions from various personalities related to the subject. Saleem
Shahzad Murder Commission was constituted by the Government on June 21,
2011 to inquire into the murder of journalist Saleem Shahzad. The
commission comprises Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, President of the
Commission who is also judge, Supreme Court of Pakistan, while Mr.
Justice Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan, Chief Justice, Federal Shariat Court Mr.
Javed Iqbal, P.P.O, Punjab, Binyamin Khan, I.G. Police, Islamabad and
Pervaiz Shaukat, President, Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ)
were the members. The Terms of Reference of the Commission are: (a) To
inquire into the background and circumstances of abduction and
subsequent murder of Mr. Saleem Shahzad; (b) To identify the culprits
involved in the abduction and subsequent murder of the said journalist;
(c) Recommend measures to prevent recurrence of such gruesome incidents
against journalists in future; (d) To probe the matters of conduct which
are in derogation of Articles 4, 9, 17, 19 and 19A of the Constitution
of the country and to investigate in-depth such background facts.
President Pakistan Federal Union of Journalist and a member of the probe
commission Pervaiz Shaukat told that the commission finalized its report
in six months time after interviews of 41 individuals. He said the
government has ensured to take action against the culprits in accordance
with the findings of the judicial commission. Pervez Shaukat said the
report also includes PFUJ recommendations for journalist community and
financial assistance to Shahzads family.
(THROUGH ASIA PULSE)