Report: Killing of Pakistani journalist in Kenya ‘deliberate’

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ISLAMABAD — The killing in Kenya of an outspoken Pakistani journalist was a “planned assassination,” a workforce of Pakistani investigators mentioned in a report launched Wednesday, weeks after the mysterious slaying triggered condemnations and requires an impartial probe.

In the meantime, Islamabad police charged two Pakistani businessmen dwelling in Kenya who had hosted Arshad Sharif within the African nation with involvement in his killing. The report provided no proof for its claims and there was no fast remark from Kenya.

The 50-year-old Sharif was hiding in Kenya to keep away from arrest at residence on fees of maligning Pakistan’s nationwide establishments — a phrase used for critics of the highly effective army, which has dominated Pakistan for half of its 75-year historical past.

He was killed on Oct. 23, when the automotive he was in sped up and drove by way of a checkpoint outdoors the Kenyan capital and police opened hearth. Nairobi police later expressed remorse over the incident, saying it was a case of “mistaken identity” throughout a search for the same automotive concerned in a baby abduction case.

Information of the killing shook Pakistan and days later, hundreds got here out for Sharif’s funeral because the nation mourned.

The worldwide media watchdog Reporters With out Borders demanded an impartial probe. Pakistan’s prime minister introduced an investigation and promised the federal government’s findings could be shared with the general public. The army and Pakistani journalists additionally demanded a probe, as did Sharif’s widow, Javeria Siddique, his mom Riffat Ara Alvi and different relations.

The investigators’ 592-page report, seen by The Related Press, mentioned the Kenyan police issued contradictory statements following the killing. As a part of the probe, two Pakistani officers had traveled to Kenya the place they met with police and Sharif’s hosts, brothers Kuram and Waqar Ahmed.

In response to the report, Kuram instructed the investigators that he was within the automotive with Sharif on the time of the taking pictures, touring residence after dinner out. They noticed the roadblock, which Kuram believed to have been arrange by robbers. As they sped by way of with out stopping, he heard the deadly gunshots, he mentioned.

Kuram mentioned he then known as his brother who suggested that he hold driving till they reached the household’s farmhouse, a number of kilometers (miles) away. As soon as on the home, the brothers discovered Sharif was already useless, Kuram was quoted as saying.

The report shed no mild as as to if it discovered Kuram’s account suspicious. It solely mentioned the Kenyan police have been apparently “used as instruments” within the killing, probably with monetary or different compensation — once more, with out elaborating or providing proof to assist the accusation.

“This was a planned, targeted assassination … rather than a case of mistaken identity” because the Kenyan police claimed, the report mentioned. It shunned blaming anybody particularly, saying solely that people in Kenya, Dubai or Pakistan could have had a task within the slaying.

Sharif had stayed within the United Arab Emirates after leaving Pakistan in August and earlier than touring on to Kenya.

The report additional advised that the bullet that fatally wounded Sharif was fired from both contained in the automotive or from shut vary. It once more didn’t elaborate.

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