On Sunday night, Arshad Sharif, a Pakistan journalist, was shot dead by the Kenyan police. This incident is a case of mistaken identity during the search for a similar car involved in a child abduction case.
Arshad Sharif, 49, was ARY's former reporter and TV anchor and was known for his closeness to former prime minister Imran Khan. He relocated to Kenya. On Monday, Sharif's wife, Javeria Siddique, took to Twitter to confirm the news of his death.
Pakistan Journalist Arshad Sharif dies in Kenya.
She tweeted that she lost her friend, husband, and favorite journalist today due to his profession as a policeman and di in Kenya."
Sharif's wife pleaded that her family's privacy is respected and no one shared personal information about her late husband and her family. She also pleaded that everyone prays on their behalf.
According to a newspaper, Asim Iftikhar, Foreign Office spokesman, Pakistan's High Commission in Kenya, ascertained information from authorities.
On Monday, Khan's Tehreek-e-Insaf party and its senior leaders condemned Sharif's killing and demanded a detailed investigation.
Khan tweeted, "Shocked at Arshad Sharif's brutal murder, who paid the most excellent price for telling the truth - his life.
He left the country & hid abroad but continued speaking the truth on social media, exposing the powerful. Today the entire nation mourns his death."
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, in a tweet, says he is despondent about the tragic news of Sharif's death.
He said these things: The shocking news of journalist Arshad Sharif's tragic death has left me incredibly sad. May Allah give him a home in paradise. My sincere condolences to the bereaved family and prayers.
Journalist Sharif was charged with sedition in August after speaking with close aide Shehbaz Gill.
Gill criticized the Shehbaz government in the interview for attempting to pit Khan against the formidable army of the nation.
Later, Sharif left the country, and ARY Network announced that it had cut ties with the journalist. In a month, Sharif left Pakistan. ARY Television fired him for repeatedly criticizing the military on social media, which was against the station's policy.
He cancelled his weekly talk show, POWERPLAY, which aired on Mondays and Thursdays. Sharif began his journalism career thirty years ago after being born in the port city of Karachi in 1973.
President of Pakistan Arif Alvi presented him with the "Pride of Performance" award in 2019. The journalist was last spotted in the "Behind Closed Doors" documentary film trailer.
President Alvi tweeted that Arshad Sharif's passing was "a great loss to Pakistan and journalism." May his family, including his followers, find the strength to deal with this loss, and his soul rest in peace.
His friends have demanded that the death of the journalist be examined.
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