Officials in Kenya say that an investigation has been launched into the alleged shooting death of Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif by police officers.
Arshad Sharif from ary was killed in a shooting incident near the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Sunday night. Arshad sharif death was confirmed by his wife on Monday morning. A member of the Arshad Sharif family – Jawaria Siddique who is Arshad sharif wife, wrote on Twitter that today I lost my friend, husband and favorite journalist. She said that “the police have told her that Arshad Sharif news has been shot in Kenya.” Jawaria – Arshad sharif wife, also appealed that the last picture of Arshad Sharif taken in a local hospital in Kenya should not be shared.
After the Arshad sharif news of death came out, journalists and social media in Pakistan demanded an independent investigation into the matter. Arshad sharif family
Arshad Sharif from ary had claimed in April this year that he was being harassed by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) after the no-confidence motion against former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. He later left the country and reportedly lived in Dubai and London while in self-imposed exile.
It is not clear what Arshad Sharif news was doing in Kenya. Kenyan police spokesman Bruno Schioso told the BBC that they are investigating the circumstances behind Arshad sharif death, but no formal statement has yet been issued by the Kenyan police. Local Kenyan media say that police mistakenly identified Arshad Sharif as he was riding in a car near the capital Nairobi and opened fire on him, killing him.
Ana Macquarie, the chairperson of the Independent Police Oversight Authority, said in a statement on Monday that the investigation by the Rapid Response Team is ongoing. Anna Macquarie has said that the case of the death of Pakistani citizen Arshad Sharif in Kajiado County allegedly in police firing has come to light. Our rapid response team has been dispatched.’
Legal process initiated for return of deceased: Maryam Aurangzeb
Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah has said in a statement that “(we) are in touch with the Kenyan government to find out the facts related to this incident.” The Pakistani Embassy in Nairobi is fully supporting Arshad Sharif ary in the matter. Arshad sharif family
Federal Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb says that the identification of the deceased has been completed and the legal process has been started for his transfer to Pakistan.
According to Pakistan’s official news agency APP, the Federal Minister of Information says that Pakistan’s ambassador to Kenya, Syeda Saqlain, has identified the dead body of Arshad Sharif and the legal process has been initiated for the return of the dead body.
According to her, the Kenyan government has not officially said anything about the news of Arshad sharif death. “As soon as the Kenyan government informs us, we will share the details with Arshad Sharif’s family and the public.”
Maryam Aurangzeb said that the ongoing speculations about Arshad Sharif on Pakistani media are sad. ‘Speculations should be avoided until proven facts come out. Arshad Sharif’s death will reach all the facts.
On the other hand, the Islamabad High Court has directed the designated officer of the Ministry of Interior and Foreign Affairs to meet Arshad Sharif’s family immediately on a request related to the alleged murder of Arshad Sharif and asked for a report by Tuesday. During the hearing, the court was told that the body of the journalist is in Nairobi.
Demand for an investigation into the alleged murder of Arshad Sharif
After the news of Arshad sharif death came out, apart from journalists and journalistic organizations, important political figures of the country expressed regret over the incident, while demanding an independent and independent investigation. Arshad sharif family
President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi says that Arshad sharif death is a great loss for journalism and Pakistan. May his soul rest in peace and may his family, including his followers, find the strength to bear this shock. Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif also said in his message that I am deeply saddened by the shocking news of Arshad Sharif’s death. ‘
Former Prime Minister Imran Khan has demanded a judicial inquiry into Arshad sharif death and said that Arshad Sharif “paid the ultimate price for speaking the truth with his life”. Imran Khan says that he is in shock over this ‘monstrous murder’. He also said that Arshad Sharif “had to leave the country, but even during his asylum abroad, he continued to speak the truth on social media and expose powerful people”.
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has said in a statement that the government must conduct an immediate and transparent investigation into the matter. Arshad sharif wife
Journalist Mazhar Abbas has demanded that international journalistic organizations set up a fact-finding mission to investigate the ‘murder’ of Pakistan’s senior anchor person and journalist. “Like the murders of many journalists (in the past), this case should not be ignored.”
Anchor Naseem Zahra asked, ‘How long will this blood game continue?’
Ammar Rashid writes on Twitter that Arshad sharif news of a murder in Kenya is terrible. Given the recent history of attacks on Pakistani journalists and critics inside and outside the country, this is a legitimate skepticism. The Kenyan authorities should be immediately pressured to investigate. Osama Khalji said that Arshad Sharif ary spoke against Pakistan’s military establishment after which he was facing threats. He says that there should be an international inquiry into his murder.
Claim of harassment before departure abroad
Born in Karachi, 49-year-old Arshad Sharif had held key positions in several Pakistani news channels. Before going into self-imposed exile, he was associated with the private news channel ARY, but he was fired after the fall of Imran Khan’s government, which was announced by ARY a few days after he left the country.
Later, he often expressed his views from abroad through Vlogs and supported the ‘external conspiracy’ narrative against Imran Khan. Even after the success of the no-confidence motion against Imran Khan, he claimed that he was facing harassment from the FIA. On their request, the Islamabad High Court had ordered the FIA to liaise with journalistic organizations in case of complaints against journalists.
Arshad Sharif’s lawyer Faisal Chowdhury petition filed stated that his client (Arshad Sharif) has come to know from sources that the current government has decided to teach him a lesson and he may be arrested. The reason for this was Arshad Sharif’s reporting and criticism of the government. Arshad sharif wife
According to the petition, Arshad Sharif was scared after the information received from the sources because “persons dressed in civilian clothes are monitoring his house and family.” However, the FIA claimed that it had neither arrested Arshad Sharif nor harassed him. According to the court order, the FIA director had said that no case was registered against the petitioner.