Police: Pakistani journalist found dead

May 31, 2011 - 10:29 AM

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Police say family members have identified a body found in a canal as that of a missing Pakistani journalist.

Syed Saleem Shahzad was reported missing Sunday in the capital, Islamabad.

His brother-in-law said earlier Tuesday that his car had been found abandoned in Mandi Bahauddin, a district in Punjab province.

Police officer Bialal Ahmad says members of Shahzad's family identified a body pulled from the canal in Mandi Bahuddin as that of the journalist.

Human Rights Watch researcher Ali Dayan Hasan has said he suspects Pakistani intelligence officials abducted Shahzad, possibly because of a recent story he did on al-Qaida infiltration in the Pakistani navy. The country's spy agency has denied that.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A relative of a Pakistani journalist says he has been missing for two days.

The relative says Syed Saleem Shahzad's car has been found, and an unidentified body has been discovered about six miles (10 kilometers) away from the vehicle.

Shahzad works for the Asia Times Online. He vanished Sunday from Islamabad.

Human Rights Watch researcher Ali Dayan Hasan says he suspects Pakistani intelligence officials abducted Shahzad, possibly because of a recent story he did on al-Qaida infiltration in the Pakistani navy. Authorities haven't commented.

Shahzad's brother-in-law Hamza Amir says family members are heading Tuesday to the district outside the capital to try to identify the body.

Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries for journalists.