Pakistan

Mullen: Pakistan 'Sanctioned' Killing of Journalist

Tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan aren't getting any mellower. U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said he believed the Pakistani government "sanctioned" the killing of Saleem Shahzad, whose tortured body was found in May, shortly after he'd told friends he'd been threatened by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency. A Pakistani government spokesman immediately fired back, calling Mullen's comments "extremely irresponsible." Shahzad wrote for Asia Times Online and other publications, often on dangerous topics, such as the alleged ties between militants and the Pakistani government.