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Silence over Pakistani journalist's killing 'embarrassing': Italian politician

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Rome, Dec 3 (IANS/AKI) The world's silence over the unsolved 2011 murder of in is an embarrassment, Italy's rightwing party said.

"The international community's silence is embarrassing. It prefers to look the other way in order not to compromise its relations with a military and nuclear power like Pakistan," stated.

The most basic rights such as freedom of thought and freedom of worship "are no longer guaranteed" in Pakistan, said.

"This is apparent in the case of and the dramatic plight of (Pakistani Christian woman) who spend nine years on death row on blasphemy charges that were medieval," she went on.

"And now that she has been acquitted and has been released from jail, she has to live under police protection due to death threats from Islamists," Meloni said.

have been drawn between the case Shahzad, whose badly tortured body was recovered from a canal in on May 31, 2011, and that of slain Italian Giulio Regeni, whose tortured, mutilated corpse was dumped by a highway outside Cairo, ten days after he disappeared in the Egyptian capital on January 25, 2016.

vanished in on his way to give a TV interview, on May 29, 2011 after writing an article on alleged links between and while Regeni had been researching the Egypt's trade union movement - a sensitive topic - at the time of his disappearance.

In an interview with AKI last week, Shahzad's widow said she feared the truth about her husband's murder would never be known and saw similarities unsolved Regeni case.

A government-appointed commission of enquiry in 2012 failed to establish who was responsible for Shahzad's murder. Italian and Egyptian probes in to Regeni's killing have also not led to any arrests or a trial.

Shahzad worked as a for AKI and was Bureau Writing under a pseudonym, Regeni, a PhD student at Cambridge University, had published articles in Italian media that were critical of

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 23:58 IST
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