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- Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - From Print Edition


LAHORE: A judicial commission Monday started inquiry into murder of journalist Saleem Shahzad at Supreme Court Lahore registry and directed the FIA and PTA to secure record of Shahzad’s communication till his killing.


Justice Saqib Nisar is head of the commission while Federal Shariat Court Chief Justice Agha Rafique Ahmad, Punjab and Islamabad inspectors generals Javed Iqbal and Binyamin, and Pakistan Federal Union OF Journalists President Pervez Shaukat attended the commission proceedings as its members.


Federal Information Secretary Taimoor Azmat Usman, being secretary of the judicial commission, also joined the proceedings and produced all available record pertaining to the murder of Shahzad. After having lengthy deliberations with its members, the commission directed the FIA to get access to emails of the murdered journalist and produce the same before the commission on July 6, next date of proceedings, Usman told media persons after the commission concluded its first day proceedings.


He said the commission directed the PTA chairman to preserve record of calls made through and received on the cellular phone of Saleem Shahzad. The commission directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to ensure that the record of the mobile phone was not distorted and erased and produce complete record on next date of hearing. He said a secretariat of the commission was established at Islamabad centre of Pakistan Television network. He said relatives, friends, journalists and public at large had been invited to contact the commission secretariat till July 5 next, if they had any information about murder of Shahzad.