Islamabad: The editor of ‘Weekly Blitz’, the Bangladeshi tabloid that first reported the alleged affair between Pakistan’s foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar and the Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, has been arrested, according to reports in Pakistani media.
Pakistani daily ‘The News’ quoted Islamabd sources to say ‘Weekly Blitz’ editor Salahuddin Shoaib Chaudhry was arrested two days before Hina’s visit to Dhaka on November 10.
On November 7, a day before his reported arrest, Chaudhry had once again published reports of the alleged secret romance, saying the foreign minister was avoiding the media since the scandal was reported.
Pakistan’s foreign office had lodged a strong protest with its Bangladeshi counterpart over the tabloid’s reports . The Bangladeshi authorities had assured the Pakistani government that appropriate action would be taken against Chaudhry for irresponsible journalism.
The News report further stated that Choudhury was arrested in 2003 and charged with spying for the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad. Choudhury is facing charges of sedition, treason, blasphemy and espionage for attempting to travel to Israel in violation of Bangladeshi Passport Act which forbids citizens from visiting countries with which Bangladesh does not maintain diplomatic relations.
He spent the next 17 months behind bars, before being released on bail, though the charges against him were not dropped.
His arrest on November 8, however, resulted from a charge of embezzlement. Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, Masudur Rahman, was quoted as saying: “Salahuddin Shoaib Choudhury was arrested after a businessman Sajjad Hussain had filed a case, accusing him of financial cheating and embezzling Taka 6.7 million.” T