Police in Kenya have opened a criminal investigation into the shooting death of Pakistani investigative journalist Arshad Sharif near Nairobi, Kenya. The journalist was traveling in a car with his brother, when the police opened fire on his vehicle, killing him instantly. The shooting occurred at 10 p.m. on Sunday and has sparked outrage across Pakistan. The incident is being investigated by the police watchdog.
Sharif was a primetime news anchor on ARY television and was a vocal critic of the military establishment. The network pulled his show from the air for about a month and then decided to cut ties with him. After being accused of sedition, Sharif fled the country and ended up in Kenya. Kenya is one of the few places in the world where Pakistani passport holders do not need visas to enter.
Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif tweeted his condolences for Sharif’s death and called Kenyan President William Ruto to offer all-out assistance in the investigation and the return of his body. CNN’s Bethlehem Feleke and Sophia Saifi contributed to this report from Kenya.
The Pakistani high commission in Kenya is assisting Kenyan authorities in their investigation of the killing of Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif near Kenya. Authorities in Kenya are obtaining information about Sharif’s death from all relevant sources. Meanwhile, a Pakistani official has identified his body.
The Pakistani High Commissioner has visited the scene and identified Sharif’s body. Sharif was a prominent journalist in Pakistan and a supporter of the former prime minister Imran Khan. Sharif had fled to Kenya to avoid arrest on charges of sedition. His killers were unaware that his family was hiding in the country.
Pakistan’s High Commission in Kenya is in touch with the Kenyan authorities and the foreign ministry to discuss the situation. There are concerns that the death of Sharif was the result of police violence. Kenya has had a problem with police killings for years.
A website called Missing Voices Kenya records the deaths of police officers and has recorded 1,286 cases since 2007. At least 100 of the killings have occurred in the past year. Kenya’s Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) is supposed to investigate police misconduct, but some investigations have gone on for years.
A Pakistani lawyer has filed a legal case against the police. Imran Khan’s tweet, “Shocked by the brutal murder of Arshad Sharif,” suggested that the murder may be connected to Sharif’s investigative work. While his life was threatened, the journalist continued to speak the truth on social media. Sharif’s murder has made his family and his friends mourn for him.