Pakistani journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad has been found dead in Pakistan. (Banaras Khan/AFP/Getty Images)

His disappearance came just days after Shahzad published an article in Asia Times Online about the alleged links between the Pakistan navy and al-Qaeda. It was the first in a two-part report.

After Libya and Iraq, Pakistan is the deadliest country to be a journalist in, according to statistics compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists.