Journalist’s murder: SC asks govt to form probe panel

ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Monday directed the government to form a judicial commission to probe the killing of journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad.

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Published: Wed 22 Jun 2011, 12:28 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 10:38 PM

Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry disposed of a petition by the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) for appointment of the panel after the government accepted all its demands and agreed to name the commission once the chief justice clears the name of its head.

The government also climbed down from its earlier stance on the appointment of a commission to probe the May 2 US raid in Abbottabad that killed Osama bin Laden.

The chief justice said he would nominate a judge to head the commission probing the murder of journalist Saleem Shahzad.

Earlier, responding to the PFUJ petition, the court had ordered the submission of the entire record of investigations into Shahzad’s killing and asked the government functionaries concerned to explain their position on the petition.

A commission set up earlier by the government to investigate Shahzad’s killing was mired in controversy, similar to the one which had erupted after the formation of committee on the covert US attack on Abbottabad.

It was pointed out the government did not consult the chief justice while assigning judges of his court to head the panels without consulting the chief justice.

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