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ISI ex-official killed; body found

An ex-intelligence official associated with Pakistan’s premier military spy agency who was abducted last month by alleged militants has been found dead in North Waziristan.

Khalid Khowaja, a former officer of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), was abducted along with another ISI’s ex-official Colonel (retd) Imam and a British journalist of Pakistani origin on March 26 when they were en route to South Waziristan agency.

Khowaja’s deadbody was found near Mir Ali area of the agency. A message was also attached to his deadbody from an unknown outfit who call themselves the ‘Asian Tigers’.

The message reads that Khowaja has been killed due to his “linkages with U.S. intelligence agency CIA and his role in Lal Masjid operation.”

Former ISI operatives Sultan Amir Tarar alias Col Imam and Khalid Khawaja and the British journalist of Pakistani origin, Asad Qureshi, were last seen on April 22 in a video released by the abductors after their disappearance last month.

The ‘Asian Tigers’, unheard of before these abductions, is demanding “freedom” for arrested Taliban leaders Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Mullah Mansoor Dadullah and Maulvi Kabir in exchange for the release of the former ISI officials. They are also demanding a ransom of $10 million to allow the journalist to “walk into the free world”.



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