Intelligence agencies confirm Hamid Mir’s voice in audio clip

Intelligence agencies confirm Hamid Mir’s voice in audio clip

* Report says conversation between Hamid Mir and Taliban militant is original
* BBC says Jang Group is also questioning its TV anchor

Daily Times Monitor

LAHORE: Intelligence agencies, including the Inter-Services Intelligence have presented an investigation report to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani regarding an audiotape of the telephonic conversation between TV anchor Hamid Mir and an unidentified Taliban militant, a private TV channel reported on Wednesday.

Quoting reliable sources, the channel said the report submitted by three intelligence agencies confirmed the authenticity of the audio clip after a detailed investigation.

Original: “The conversation between Hamid Mir and the Taliban militant is original and has been proved by the audiotape,” the report said.

Mir is currently working as Islamabad Executive Editor for Geo News channel.

According to BBC Urdu, the Jang Group has set up an investigation committee and has announced the conducting of an impartial investigation in this regard.

A large number of websites carry the contents of the audiotape, describing it a candid conversation on the telephone between Hamid Mir and a militant.

Mir, who finds himself in the midst of a raging debate on the issue of journalistic ethics, has described the taped conversation “doctored” and “concocted”.

Separately, Senator Faisal Raza Abidi said the government had verified the authenticity of the voices on the audio tape from intelligence agencies. He said the audio clipping proved Hamid Mir’s links with the Taliban.

* Osama Khalid to take legal action against Hamid Mir
* Legal action must be taken against Hamid Mir, says Rashed Rahman

Source: http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=20105\20\story_20-5-2010_pg1_6

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