Arshad Sharif’s mother approaches IHC for postmortem report

Investigators ask for CCTV footage of apartment, shooting range and list of individuals at shooting range and who met Arshad

The mother of slain journalist Arshad Sharif has approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the delay in provision of the postmortem report of his son.

Arshad’s mother Riffat Ara Alvi also submitted her biometric verification as petitioner. She has maintained in the petition that postmortem report was sought from the administration on November 3 by family’s focal person but they were told by the administration that they didn’t have the report as it was with the police.

She also stated in the petition that upon contacting the police they were again turned down and were asked to contact the administration. It also stated that the Pakistan Institute of Medical Science’s (PIMS) management was also contacted for the purpose of availability of report but they neither provided that nor had denied.

She has showed fear of alteration in the report so that the facts could be distorted urging that they should be kept informed all times to ensure transparency.

Slain journalist’s mother had also written a letter to the Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial requesting for a high level judicial commission to probe the matter of Arshad’s death.

On the other side, in an important development into the case the investigators have asked Waqar Ahmed and Khurram Ahmed to provide CCTV footage of the apartment and shooting range where Arshad had lived before he was killed.

Both brothers have been asked for further help in the investigation by the investigation team comprising of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Director Athar Wahid and Intelligence Bureau (IB) Deputy Director General Omar Shahid Hamid.

The investigators have also asked the contact details of instructors present at the training site, details of organizations to which instructors belong, list and contact details of staff of the training site, list of individuals who had met with Arshad, name and details of person who had directed to sponsor the journalist along with clarification of whereabouts of his iPad and mobile phones.

According to media report, Arshad’s visa to Kenya was sponsored and was not a visa on arrival while the sponsor letter was sent to him by Waqar Ahmed whose brother Khurram was driving the slain journalist at the time of the incident.

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