I read Shazad’s writings on Pakistan and the Taliban for years. Every single story of his informed me as to the real, on the ground situation. Never once did I close the Asia Times window and not sit back and think hard on what I had just learned from Shazad.
Often I wondered how in the hell he got his information and remained alive, but these were always fleeting thoughts, because it was the information he brought to light that stayed with me. He was without question one of the bravest and most competent journalists I have ever read.
He was kidnapped and killed — allegedly by the Pakistani Intelligence Services — and now the dark hole of misinformation and lies is without that one beam of light that made the Asia Times a constant open tab on my browser.
You really only know the worth of something after its gone.