Arshad Sharif: Killing of Pakistani journalist in Kenya was ‘focused’ assault, minister says

Islamabad, Pakistan

A Pakistani journalist shot useless by police in Kenya final month was the sufferer of a “targeted killing,” a senior member of Pakistan’s authorities mentioned on Tuesday, with out providing any proof to assist his declare.

Tv journalist Arshad Sharif – a vocal critic of the Pakistani navy – died in a police capturing close to Kenya’s capital Nairobi on October 23.

Inside Minister Rana Sanaullah instructed reporters an preliminary evaluation by a two-member reality discovering staff that traveled to Kenya on behalf of the Pakistani authorities was “that Arshad Sharif was killed in a case of targeted killing.” Extra proof was wanted “to confirm all this,” he mentioned.

Sanaullah’s feedback seem to contradict earlier accounts from Kenyan authorities that Sharif was shot useless by police responding to reviews of a stolen automobile in a case of mistaken identification.

The Pakistani inside minister additionally accused Kenyan police of “not cooperating” with the fact-finding staff, saying “important data” in regards to the case had not been handed over by Kenyan authorities. A proper request to acquire the knowledge had been lodged, he added.

Kenyan police instructed CNN they have been unaware Pakistani officers had made any allegations about non-cooperation. “We haven’t received any such complaints, which if any, will have to be made formally,” police spokesperson Isohi Shioso mentioned.

Shioso mentioned the case is being dealt with by police watchdog the Impartial Policing Oversight Authority. CNN has reached out to the watchdog for remark.

Sharif fled Pakistan in August after sedition costs have been leveled in opposition to him for allegedly criticizing state establishments and “abetting mutiny” throughout the navy.

These allegations adopted Sharif’s interview with opposition politician Shahbaz Gill, a detailed ally of Imran Khan, the ousted former Prime Minister who was shot final week in murky circumstances throughout a protest rally in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

Following the interview, Pakistani police additionally charged Gill with sedition, claiming he had made “anti-state comments.”

Sharif’s tv information channel ARY initially claimed it was “being hounded by the present regime,” however later reduce its ties with the journalist after it was taken off air for a couple of month by Pakistani media regulators.

Earlier, a detailed good friend of Sharif instructed CNN the journalist needed to “flee Pakistan in August to save his life.” He had initially gone to Dubai however was compelled to flee once more as a consequence of “harassment by Pakistani officials,” the affiliate mentioned.

The affiliate mentioned Sharif then went to Kenya and had solely been within the East African nation for a couple of weeks earlier than his loss of life.