A popular Pakistani journalist and TV host Arshad Sharif was shot dead Sunday night along the Nairobi-Magadi highway. It was learnt that he was not the target but was mistaken as such.
Following his death, dozens of social media users who identified themselves as Pakistani nationals have demanded clarity over the sudden death of a prominent journalist.
News Webbs learnt, according to local media reports, Sharif was shot in the head and killed by police after he and his driver allegedly breached a roadblock that had been set up to check on motor vehicles on the route.
However, Police in Nairobi are yet to issue a report on the incident but the information surrounding his death has been widely reported in Pakistani media.
The wife of the deceased, Javeria Siddique on Monday morning shared the news on her Twitter handle saying, “I lost friend, husband and my favourite journalist @arsched today, as per police he was shot in Kenya.
I lost friend, husband and my favourite journalist @arsched today, as per police he was shot in Kenya.
Respect our privacy and in the name of breaking pls don't share our family pics, personal details and his last pictures from hospital.
Remember us in ur prayers. pic.twitter.com/wP1BJxqP5e
— Javeria Siddique (@javerias) October 24, 2022
She added, “Respect our privacy and in the name of breaking pls don’t share our family pics, personal details and his last pictures from hospital. Remember us in your prayers.”
Meanwhile, the award-winning journalist was reportedly vocally opposed to the ongoing political developments in Pakistan.
However, Kenya’s Independent Police Oversight Authority (Ipoa) says it has launched investigations into the killing of Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif and looking forward to bring the perpetuators to book.
Ann Makori – Chair, IPOA: On the Pakistan killing, our rapid response team has already been dispatched to investigate the killing of the journalist. We assure Kenyans of our full commitment to delivering on its mandate pic.twitter.com/FWz80i8lf6
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) October 24, 2022