Islamabad: Secretary of the Journalist Saleem Shahzad Murder Commission has stated that the Commission has completed its proceeding and deliberation and is now in the process of finalizing its report. He stated that there might have been certain concerns about the proceedings having been extended.
However, that delay is attributed to certain inevitable factors, in that, some of the important witnesses were either abroad or were unable to appear, for certain very valid reasons. Moreover, Brigadier Zahid Mehmood Khan, Commander Sector Headquarter (Central) Islamabad, who represented the ISI in the matter availed some time to prepare and produce before the Commission the written version of the agency, and further time was needed for the examination of ISI officials including Brigadier Zahid Mehmood Khan, Rear Admiral Adnan Nazir, Head of the Media ISI, Islamabad, Brigadier Iftikhar Ali Khan, Deputy Director General, ISI Headquarter, Islamabad and Commodore Khalid Pervaiz, Director ISI who were summoned and had been appearing before this Commission from time to time for their statements. Besides, the Commission was extremely careful and meticulous in ensuring that the evidence is collected from every possible source, covering all aspects. For this press releases and advertisements were placed in the media.
Representative bodies of the journalist were also approached to bring forth any evidence through its members which could be helpful for purpose of the Commission. Moreover, the Commission made it a point to access the e-mail accounts of the deceased journalist Saleem Shahzad and once this was possible after prolonged hectic effort the voluminous nature of the e-mail comprising over 37,000 messages had to be carefully sifted and analyzed. Voluminous telephonic record of the deceased was also scanned for the purposes of GEO fencing.
This would indicate that the Commission tried its best to collect all relevant/material evidence. It is hoped that the Commission will be able to submit its final report to the Government of Pakistan within two to three weeks from today, the Secretary stated.
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