Lahore: A Pakistani Judicial Commission investigating the murder of journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad has asked 16 senior reporters and others to appear before it and provide their "inputs" in the matter.

The Commission headed by Supreme Court Justice Saqib Nisar held its first meeting in Lahore on Wednesday and decided to invite the senior journalists so that it could use any information they had about the murder of Shahzad.

Among the 16 journalists and others who have been asked to appear before the commission are Talat Hussain, Hamid Mir, A R Shamsi, Zahid Hussain, Imtiaz Alam, Umar Cheema, Najam Sethi, Matiullah Jan, Naseem Zahra, Zafar Sheikh and Ali Dayan Hasan of Human Rights Watch.

The Commission also decided to summon the person who filed the FIR on Shahzad’s killing at its next meeting to be held in Islamabad on July 9.

The panel had issued advertisements in newspapers asking Shahzad’s relatives, friends and the public to share any information they had about his abduction and murder but the response was "very disappointing", officials said.

The Interior Ministry, Federal Investigation Agency and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority have been directed by the commission to furnish complete records of Shahzad’s email accounts and cellular phones.

Shahzad was abducted while driving from his house to a TV station in Islamabad on May 29, two days after he alleged in an article that al- Qaeda had infiltrated the Pakistan Navy. His body, bearing marks of torture, was found the next day in a canal in Punjab province.

Journalists' associations and rights groups alleged intelligence agencies were responsible for the killing, a charge denied by the ISI. Shahzad had also told colleagues about receiving veiled threats from the ISI.

(Agencies)