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Family of Arshad Sharif taking murder case to International Court of Justice as they don’t expect justice from Kenya and Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Family of slain journalist Arshad Sharif has decided to take the case to the International Court of Justice as they don’t expect justice from Kenyan and Pakistani governments in this case.

Famous TV anchor Arshad Sharif was shot dead by Kenyan Police in Oct in Nairobi and since then Kenyan police have been changing their stances about the killing of Sharif.

Javeria Siddiqui, wife of Arshad Sharif told media that her family was planning to take the case to the International Court of Justice as the governments of Pakistan and Kenya would “never provide them justice”.

Meanwhile, latest investigation shows that the two crucial evidences, a mobile phone and a tablet, belonging to journalist Arshad Sharif, have been ‘missing’ from the crime scene.

Almost 20 days after the murder of Arshad Sharif, Kenyan police have yet not achieved any breakthrough as they were still looking for the gadgets missing from the scene, Kenyan paper The Star reported.

A team of Pakistani investigators _ FIA Director Athar Wahid and IB Deputy DG Omar Shahid Hamid — were sent to Kenya by the government to probe the killing. The team also questioned the gadgets’ disappearance. The team believed that the gadgets might have been stolen after the killing of Arshad Sharif.

Kenyan police have established that Arshad Sharif arrived in Kenya on Aug 20 on a visa sponsored by Waqar and Khurram Ahmed. Both are brothers who hosted Arshad Sharif and Khurram was with Arshad Sharif in the car when he was shot dead while Khurram remained safe despite brutal firing by Kenyan police.

Meanwhile, on the demand of the Kenyan government, the two brothers informed the investigating team that 10 US instructors and trainees were present at the shooting site where Arshad was shot dead.

Also, a couple of days ago, interior minister Rana Sanaullah disclosed that Arshad Sharif was killed in a targeted killing and the incident was not an outcome of misunderstanding.

On Tuesday, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah had said that Mr Sharif was killed in a targeted attack, rejecting the claim of Kenyan police that his killing was a result of “mistaken identity”.

Several TV channels also claimed that TV anchor was brutally tortured and shot at close range after he was ordered to step out of his car. Who tortured him and who ordered him to leave the car? This is yet to be ascertained.

Additionally, news channels have shown images of bullet marks and signs of torture on the body of Arshad Sharif after postmortem mentioned signs of torture.

Javed Mahmood
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I am an experienced writer, analyst, and author. My exposure in English journalism spans more than 28 years. In the past, I have been working with daily The Muslim (Lahore Bureau), daily Business Recorder (Lahore/Islamabad Bureaus), Daily Times, Islamabad, daily The Nation (Lahore and Karachi). With daily The Nation, I have served as Resident Editor, Karachi. Since 2009, I have been working as a Freelance Writer/Editor for American organizations.


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