Audiotape shows top editor spoke to Taliban about Khawaja

Audiotape shows top editor spoke to Taliban about Khawaja

An audiotape of conversation recorded between Mir and a man purportedly linked to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, shows the negative information provided by the former to the latter could have led to Khawaja's killing, the Daily Times reported today.

In the audio Mir, one of Pakistan's top TV anchors and Executive Editor of Geo News, can be heard talking about Khawaja's background.

The conversation, made before Khawaja's execution earlier this month, reveals Mir "linking Khawaka to CIA, an international network of Qadianis and an American named Mansur Ejaz".

The tape was first posted by the 'Let Us Build Pakistan' blog, and picked up by other online publications.

"It is still unclear who made the tape, with online speculation suggesting that it could be the militants themselves, or even intelligence agencies who released the recording," the paper said.

Towards the end of the conversation, the man says he will relay the information given by Mir to Hakeemullah Mehsud.

During the conversation, Mir also urges the man to "cross-examine Khawaja about his relationship with Mansur Ejaz, Qadianis and a CIA agent named William Casey," the paper said.