Murad Saeed seeks 10 questions instead of appearing before FIA committee

Interior minister tried to link to gold smuggling, transparent inquiry cannot be expected from FIA, Murad

Former federal minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Murad Saeed has sought answers to 10 questions from the fact-finding committee formed in the murder case of journalist and anchorperson Arshad Sharif in Kenya.

Murad Saeed has said that a fair, transparent inquiry cannot be expected from the FIA.

Faisal Vawda and Murad Saeed were summoned by the fact-finding committee. Faisal Vawda appeared before the committee but Murad Saeed has expressed reservations.

Murad Saeed has said in the reply letter that the fact-finding committee was part of the federal government and the authorities were under the government and accountable to the interior minister. He also stated that Arshad Sharif’s life was in danger but instead of protecting him the federal government continued to take hostile steps against him including lodging FIRs.

He wrote that the interior minister also tried to link the murder to gold smuggling in Kenya and in the context of the current situation and the attitude of the federal government an impartial, transparent and independent inquiry cannot be expected from the FIA.

Murad Saeed, a close friend of Arshad Sharif, further said that Arshad’s mother had requested the formation of a judicial commission.

According to Murad Saeed, the role of the federal government regarding the official post-mortem of Arshad Sharif was also controversial. He stressed that the fact-finding committee should find out for whom Arshad Sharif’s investigative journalism was a threat and at whose behest Arshad was asked to leave Dubai in the lobby of a hotel there.

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