Former ISI official Khalid Khwaja found dead in NW :: Baitullah’s tape to be produced in ATC for probing Benazir Bhutto’s murder case.

Former ISI official Khalid Khwaja found dead in NW. — File photo

Former ISI official Khalid Khwaja found dead in NW

Fri, 30 Apr, 2010 | Jumadi-ul-Awwal 15, 1431

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: A former Pakistani intelligence officer abducted by an alleged militant group last month was found shot dead Friday in a northwest tribal region, officials said.

Khalid Khawaja went missing in late March along with another ex-intelligence official known as Col. Imam and a filmmaker. There was no word on the fate of the two others.

Khawaja’s body was found on the road between Miramshah and Mir Ali, the two main towns in North Waziristan. Local TV channels broadcast a picture of what appeared to be Khawaja’s body.

He had been shot in the head and chest, and a note attached to his body accused him of being an American spy, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to be named by media.

The men were first reported abducted in late March. Soon after, a previously unknown militant group calling itself the Asian Tigers claimed to be holding the men in a video delivered to local media. Any demands they had were not made public.

Khawaja was known to be sympathetic to the militants cause, often appearing on television speaking in defense of suspected extremists.

He has claimed to be close to Osama bin Laden in the early days of the Afghan resistance to the Soviet Union.

Recently, he has spoken up in defense of five young American terror suspects on trial in Pakistan.

He also filed a petition in a Pakistani court to stop any attempt by Islamabad to extradite recently arrested Afghan Taliban leaders, including the movement’s No. 2 Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.—AP

Baitullah’s tape to be produced in ATC for probing Benazir Bhutto’s murder case

Baitullah Mehsud (R) escorted by his guard as he arrive for a meeting in South Waziristan. — File photo by AFP

Baitullah’s tape to be produced in ATC

Fri, 30 Apr, 2010 | Jumadi-ul-Awwal 15, 1431

ISLAMABAD: The joint investigation team probing Benazir Bhutto’s murder on Thursday decided to produce the telephone intercepts of Baitullah Mehsud before the Anti Terrorist Court Rawalpindi proceeding the trial of Ms Bhutto’s murder.

The sources in the Interior Ministry revealed DawnNews that for this purpose the team directly approached Inter Services Intelligence which reportedly recorded that intercept but in vain.

The sources said that now Interior Ministry has contacted ISI through Defense Ministry that the concerned officer who recorded that intercept should be deputed that he could be produced before the court along with the intercepted tape recording.

The assassination of Benazir Bhutto occurred on 27 December 2007 in RawalpindiPakistan. Bhutto, twice Prime Minister of Pakistan (1988–1990; 1993–1996) and then-leader of the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party, had been campaigning ahead of elections due in January 2008.[1][4][5] She was shot after a political rally at Liaquat National Bagh; a suicide bomb was detonated immediately following the shooting. She was declared dead at 18:16 local time (13:16 UTC), at Rawalpindi General Hospital. At least 23 other people were killed by the bombing.[3] Bhutto had previously survived a similar attempt on her life that killed at least 139 people, after her return from exile two months earlier.

Courtesy : DawnNews, AFP, AP, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and Agencies.

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