Syed Saleem Shahzad , Kashmiri, the ISI and the U.S. Wish List

The timeline of the killing of journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad and the drone attack that killed Ilyas Kashmiri is raising flags in my head. It could be coincidence, but then again, maybe not. Take a look.

Journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad was kidnapped, tortured and killed on May 29 or 30. It's widely believed Pakistan's ISI was behind it.

The Asia Times had just published Shahzad's last article on May 27, saying Ilyas Kashmiri was behind the attack on the Pakistan Navy base in Karachi.

Shahzad was the only journalist to have interviewed Kashmiri after Kashmiri surfaced following the 2009 false report of his death. The interview is here. [More...]

On May 27, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton goes to Pakistan and urges greater cooperation between Pakistan and U.S. in terror matters.

On May 31, the Pakistani army was meeting over U.S. demands.

Secretary Clinton told reporters at a news conference in Islamabad that Pakistan has agreed to take “specific actions” to show its commitment in the fight against terror. However, she did not elaborate what specific measures Pakistan would undertake in days ahead. “All these issues will be debated in the corps commanders meeting,” said another military official.".

It's been reported the U.S. told Pakistan it has to capture Kashmiri and four others by July 1, or else (the "wish list.")

A former Pakistani army official tells al Jazeera today that Pakistan's ISI assisted the U.S. in its drone attack that killed Kashmiri.

Kashmiri was the target of the drone attack. How did the U.S. know his exact location? It sounds like the Pakistani ISI told them.

Did the ISI know all along, and did it just decide to stop protecting Kashmiri, or did it learn the information from torturing Shahzad, who may have been in recent contact with him and/or his associates? It sure sounds from Shahzad's last article about the attack on the Navy base he had some first-hand information. There are reports Kashmiri had been in Wana (where the raid was) for 10 days, having come from the Kyber region. Could Shahzad have known that?

In his just released book, Shazad said the Mumbai attacks were masterminded almost single-handedly by Kashmiri, using retired Pakistan Army officers. He essentially cleared top ISI of involvement. It would seem the ISI wouldn't have a beef with Shahzad.

Could the ISI's reason for torturing and killing Shazad have been to find out if he knew where Kashmiri was, so Pakistan could fulfill the U.S. request to capture/kill Kashmiri?

I have no idea, but like I said, the timing sure is coincidental.

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