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Govt bans slain journalist Shahzad’s book

The government has imposed an unannounced ban on a book written by slain journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad, Pakistan Today learnt on Friday.
Per details, the book, Inside Al-Qaida and the Taliban, Beyond Bin Laden and 9/11, is unavailable at all leading book stores, with the shop owners saying its sales had been banned by the government.
Pakistan Today contacted the publishers, Pluto Press, situated at 345 Archway Road in London to inquire about the ban.
Pluto Press’ Sales Director Simon Liebesny said via e-mail that they could not deliver any statement in the current situation as their shipment for Pakistan was under process with the UK Customs.
“It is difficult to answer the question with any certainty from here. There is a shipment en-route to Pakistan for our distributor, but this has been held up on the UK Customs side. As this consignment of books is part of a much larger shipment I should stress that the book may have absolutely nothing to do with it,” he said.
“Therefore it has not yet landed in Pakistan, but if the Customs in the UK give the shipment the all clear, then at least it will have passed that hurdle. I cannot speak for what is happening in Pakistan, I know no more than you at this point.”
Pluto Press said the book was launched on May 20, 2011. It wrote in the description of the book that “President Obama has delivered on his campaign promise to kill Osama bin Laden, but as an al Qaeda strategist, bin Laden has been dead for years. This book introduces the new generation of al Qaeda leaders who have been behind the most recent attacks. Shahzad, an investigative reporter, had a level of access to al Qaeda and the Taliban that Western journalists could only dream of. He had interviewed many top-level strategists and fighters in both movements on multiple occasions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Jordan. In Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban he uses first-hand accounts and his own local knowledge to build up a convincing and compelling picture of the aims and motivation of the leaders and fighters in radical movements. This is a version of the war on terror that has never been told. It will fascinate anyone concerned with the strategy and tactics of the most controversial Islamic movements”.
Officials of the Interior and Information ministries refused comment on the issue.

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  1. Shazia said:

    May God save the journalists whom are working on Siraat e Mustaqeem.
    God bless u All

  2. Ashraf said:

    It is not possible to hide facts from public in nowadays and age

  3. Simon Says said:

    if the government banned the book, it is clear that the pakistani government has a hand in killing him. Governments these days are working soley for their own reasons, against the welfare of the public. Our politicians are sleeping with the USA. Together all the politicians are screwing the people. This is why we say; Pakistan Zindabad.

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