Big News-ISI killed journalist who exposed Alqaeda link with Pakistan Navy officers

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  1. Target: Saleem
    By Pepe Escobar

    See Pakistan: Silencing the truth-seekers, Justice, not words, Why is he not alive? and Tributes to Saleem.

    Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) deserves a medal of honor. Quite an intel op; whether it did it directly, subcontracted by military intelligence or through ''rogue'' elements, it has set the bar very high.

    After all, when a Pakistani journalist - not a foreigner - writes that al-Qaeda is infiltrated deep inside the Pakistani military establishment, one's got to act with utmost courage.

    So you abduct the journalist. You torture him. And you snuff him. Target assassination - the low-tech version. After all, if the Pentagon can drone their way to tribal heaven - and get away with it - why not join the fun?

    Saleem was a brother. In the aftermath of 9/11 we worked in tandem; he was in Karachi, I was in Islamabad/Peshawar. After the US ''victory'' in Afghanistan I went to visit him at home. He plunged me into Karachi's wild side - in this and other visits. During a night walk on the beach he confessed his dream; he wanted to be Pakistan bureau chief for Asia Times, which he regarded as the K2 of journalism. He got it.

    And then, years before ''AfPak'' was invented, he found his perfect beat - the intersection between the ISI, the myriad Taliban factions on both sides of AfPak, and all sorts of jihadi eruptions. That was his sterling beat; and no one could bring more hardcore news from the heart of hardcore than Saleem.

    I had met some of his sources in Islamabad and Karachi - but over the years he kept excavating deeper and deeper into the shadows. Sometimes we seriously debated over e-mails - I feared some dodgy/devious ISI strands were playing him while he always vouched for his sources.

    Cornered by the law of the jungle, no wonder most of my Pakistani friends, during the 2000s, became exiles in the United States or Canada. Saleem stayed - threats and all, the only concession relocating from Karachi to Islamabad.

    Now they finally got him. Not an al-Qaeda or jihadi connection. Not a tribal or Taliban connection, be it Mullah Omar or Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan. It had to be the ISI - as he knew, and told us, all along.

    So congratulations to the ISI - the ''state within the state''. Mission accomplished.

    Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007) and Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge. His latest is Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).

    He may be reached at

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  2. Please can you guys just load a container of EDL thugs drunk on Cider, and drop them off in Islamabad, just like on the Resident Evil movie, there a bunch of skinhead zombies start attacking everyone.
  3. so a foreign national intelligence agency has off'd someone how is that news
  4. If you had any brains instead of jacking off to your Mamas poodle, you would know that this is the same ISI who happens to be receiving billions in aid from the same country you live in plus all the other Nato nations to fight Alqaeda, while on the other hand, they are supporting Alqaeda, Isnt that abit of a embarassment on our side, or is the tits on your DP ******* up your ability to reason?

  5. is that you in you avatar pic?
  6. One Pakistani murdering another over politics isn't news. If there was ever a day when Pakistanis didn't murder each other over politics, now that would be Big News.
  7. I'm well aware of who the ISI are, some of the shit they get upto and the funding the nation gets from both UK & US

    I personally think we should stop all overseas aid for the forseeable future till we get onto a solid footing
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  8. I personally think we should drop some instant sunshine on the dog ******* lot of them and then break out the Red Stripe and Bourbon.
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  9. I heard the Pakistani rep for the prime minister and president talk through this on R4 today. What a double dealing weasly ******* ****.

    Do india a favour, ring fence and ******* zap the country, another bunch of "Allies" pimping out terrorism while accepting western wad
  10. Great suggestion. Bravo
  11. The number of tribal lashkars who got butchered in Waziristan and other parts of the tribal areas right infront of the Pakistan army would amaze people here, Pakistan army plays games with people even with people who oppose Taliban. You are right, they are double dealing fuckwits, they are as corrupted as corrupt can be.

    Listen, the terrorist supporting base is in Punjab, the other smaller provinces are occupied by this powerful Jihadi censepool of militant factions aligned with the ISI. Punjab should be the target, that is where Alqaeda and CO received their support and logistics.
  12. I'm full of great ideas me I also think you should be given a massive heroin overdose and be dumped in a field, see brilliant idea
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  13. I have a better one. Spend the foreign aid budget developing Thorium reactor technology, licence it around the world and leave whole ME/CA region to stew in its own unwanted oil, and murder each other to their hearts content.
  14. Herion is Haraam for me, but Marijuana is Halal but for you I will break every sin, including fornicating with your misses.

    Better idea?
  15. What if the IRA and EDL got hold of it?