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Pakistan Journalist Arshad Sharif shot dead in kenya

 

A senior Pakistani journalist was shot dead Sunday night along the Nairobi-Magadi highway in what police termed as a mistaken identity.

Arshad Sharif was shot in the head and killed by police after he and his driver allegedly breached a roadblock that had been set up to check on motor vehicles using the route.

They were driving from Magadi town to Nairobi when they were flagged down at a roadblock being manned by a group of police officers, police said.

Police headquarters said Independent Policing Oversight Authority will take over the case.

A senior police officer confirmed the shooting and added a comprehensive statement will be released later.

The news of the incident spread fast in Pakistan where the journalist was prominent.

Sharif’s wife Javeria Siddiqui took to Twitter and confirmed the tragic news, acknowledging that her husband was killed in Kenya.

“I lost friend, husband and my favourite journalist [Arshad Sharif] today, as per police he was shot in Kenya,” she tweeted.

She also urged the media and the public not to share their family pictures, personal details, and Sharif’s last pictures from the hospital on social media.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar said Pakistan’s High Commission in Kenya was ascertaining information from the authorities.

The anchorperson, who was awarded the Pride of Performance by President Dr Arif Alvi in March 2019, had left Pakistan earlier this year after sedition cases were registered against him in different cities.

Following the news of his death, condolences started to pour in on social media.

President Alvi took to Twitter and termed Arshad’s death a loss for journalism and Pakistan.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also tweeted that he was deeply saddened. He offered condolences and prayers for the journalist’s family.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Secretary General Asad Umar said he was shocked and devastated by the news of Arshad’s death.

“Unbelievable. May Allah rest the soul of Arshad Sharif in peace. Ameen,” journalist Hamid Mir tweeted.

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