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In letter to CJP, Arshad Sharif’s mom requests formation of judicial fee to probe son’s killing – Pakistan

The mom of slain journalist Arshad Sharif, in a letter to Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial written on Wednesday, requested the formation of a high-powered judicial fee to research her son’s homicide.

Sharif was shot useless in Kenya allegedly by the native police on the evening of October 23, with an official police assertion later expressing “regrets on the unlucky incident” and saying an investigation was underway.

Initially, the Kenyan media quoted the native police as saying Sharif was shot useless by police in a case of “mistaken id”.

Nonetheless, studies from the Kenyan media later reconstructed the occasions surrounding the killing, stating that an occupant in Sharif’s automobile on the time of his killing was believed to have shot at paramilitary Normal Service Unit (GSU) officers.

The federal government subsequently shaped a staff to probe the killing. Initially, a three-member physique, comprising Federal Investigation Company (FIA) director Athar Wahid, Intelligence Bureau Deputy Director Normal Omar Shahid Hamid and Lt Col Saad Ahmed of Inter-Providers Intelligence (ISI) was shaped. Later, the staff’s dimension was reduce from three to 2 with the exclusion of the ISI official.

On Monday, the federal cupboard, on the request of the Ministry of Defence, additionally permitted the structure of a three-member fee — led by Justice Abdul Shakoor Paracha and comprising Further Inspector Normal of Police Usman Anwar and Hamid — to “inquire into the details” of the demise.

Nonetheless, the letter — obtainable with — from Sharif’s mom Riffat Ara Alvi, alleged that “the actual causes of the case are being hid” and have to be dropped at gentle.

She argued that this was evident for 3 causes:

  • The Kenyan police altering its stance on the demise “three to 4 occasions”.
  • Federal ministers airing “totally different fabricated tales” concerning the demise even earlier than the investigation staff went to Kenya.
  • Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif initially asserting that the Islamabad Excessive Court docket could be requested to nominate a high-power judicial fee solely to then kind a fee comprising a retired decide and two authorities officers, thus indicating the federal government’s “malafide intentions”.

She additionally alleged that the federal government had “pressured and compelled” the UAE authorities to expel Sharif.

Alvi requested the CJP to guard the homicide case from turning into controversial, to offer justice to the deceased and to nominate a high-powered judicial fee “in order that the sensation of insecurity amongst the members of the family … together with the journalist neighborhood is taken care of”.

She stated that the judicial fee ought to comprise senior Supreme Court docket judges to “decide the actual motive and determine criminals behind this heinous crime”.

“Solely figuring out the actual motive and criminals and bringing them to justice would finish the agony of martyr Arshad Sharif’s household and his journalist fraternity,” the letter to the chief justice acknowledged.

Alvi stated this is able to be her “first and final” letter requesting justice and hoped that it will obtain due consideration due to the “gravity of the case”.



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