- The Washington Times - Friday, June 16, 2006

PAKISTAN

Missing journalist found fatally shot

PESHAWAR — A Pakistani journalist who reported on a U.S. air strike that killed an al Qaeda operative was found fatally shot in a remote tribal region yesterday, six months after vanishing, his brother and a government official said.

The body of Hayatullah Khan was found by villagers dumped in the tribal-dominated North Waziristan town of Mir Ali, from where he was abducted Dec. 5.

Mr. Khan disappeared days after photographing shrapnel from a Hellfire missile purportedly fired by an American unmanned warplane to target wanted al Qaeda figure Hamza Rabia in Mir Ali.

Mr. Khan’s photograph contradicted official Pakistani claims that the Egyptian-born Rabia had died in a bomb-making accident.

UZBEKISTAN

Official sentenced on spy charges

TASHKENT — A former top-level Uzbek Defense Ministry official has been sentenced to 15 years in jail for passing state secrets to the secret services of a foreign country, the country’s military court said yesterday.

Earlier two Russian-based Internet sites said Yerkin Musayev, a former head of the foreign economic relations department at the ministry, “passed Uzbek and Russian military secrets to the Pentagon.”

The Internet sites also said a former defense minister, Kodir Gulomov, was on trial for “his close ties with the United States” when Uzbekistan was a key U.S. ally in the region and hosted a U.S. air base.

Last year, Uzbekistan shut down the U.S. air base and signed a treaty of allied relations with Russia.

INDIA

Kashmir militants mutilate villagers

JAMMU — Suspected Islamist militants killed a villager in Indian Kashmir by slitting his throat and cut off the tongues and noses of four others, accusing them of being police informers, authorities said yesterday.

The attackers also beat up seven other villagers and set several houses ablaze late on Wednesday in a remote village near Mahore town, 40 miles northeast of Jammu city, the Indian state’s winter capital.

KAZAKHSTAN

Summit to discuss regional security

ALMATY — More than a dozen leaders meet here today for a summit of a regional group launched by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev that he hopes will position his country as a power broker at the strategic Central Asian crossroads of the Eurasian land mass.

The leaders due to attend the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia in Almaty include Chinese President Hu Jintao, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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