Government forms three-member committee to investigate Arshad Sharif’s killing in Kenya

Mortal remains of senior journalist reached Islamabad on Tuesday night

Interior Ministry has formed a high-level investigation committee to investigate the murder of senior journalist Arshad Sharif in Kenya.

The three-member probe committee comprising officers of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) will go to Kenya to investigate the murder of Arshad Sharif. The committee will complete its investigation and submit a report to the Interior Ministry.

Earlier, DG ISPR Lieutenant General Babar Iftikhar had said that the GHQ had requested the Government of Pakistan to conduct a thorough investigation into the tragic incident. While Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif announced to bring the facts before the nation on the incident.

According to family sources Arshad Sharif’s post-mortem will be done at PIMS Hospital; the family had decided to conduct a post-mortem again.

However, so far the medical board for the post-mortem has not yet been formed as the hospital has not received written instructions. The board will be formed under the chairmanship of senior medico-legal officers; senior doctors of different departments will also join the medical board.

A private airline plane carrying the body of slain journalist Arshad Sharif landed in Islamabad on Wednesday night at 12:45am.

The family was present at the airport to receive the body. Media persons, PTI leaders Murad Saeed and Fawad Chaudhry along with a large number of people were also present at the Islamabad airport.

Upon arrival in Islamabad, the mortal remains were wrapped in the national flag and the body was taken from the airport to Quaid-e-Azam International Hospital.

According to Arshad’s widow Javeria Siddiqui, the senior journalist will be buried on Thursday at H-11 graveyard in Islamabad.

It is pertinent to note that the grieved family had requested President Arif Alvi that funeral prayers should be offered at Faisal Mosque Islamabad; however, no announcement has been made in this regard so far.

Arshad Sharif was killed in police firing near Kenya’s capital Nairobi.

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