Prominent Pakistani journalist shot dead in Kenya

After well-known Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif was fatally shot by police on Sunday at a roadblock, an investigation was launched in Kenya.

According to a police statement, he was “fatally wounded” as a passenger in a moving vehicle after it failed to stop.

Mr. Sharif was a vocal supporter of deposed Prime Minister Imran Khan and a critic of the Pakistani military.

In August, the 49-year-old left Pakistan after reporting harassment.

Before going to Kenya, he had visited the UK and Dubai first. It is unknown precisely what he was doing in the nation of East Africa.

On Monday, journalists in Karachi, Pakistan, protested on the streets over his death.

The Independent Police Oversight Authority (Ipoa), the police watchdog in Kenya, announced that it has dispatched a rapid response team to the scene of the shooting on Sunday evening in Kajiado County, close to Nairobi.

According to Ipoa chairperson Ann Makori, the panel will look into the “reported police shooting of a Pakistani national.”

Police expressed remorse over the “unfortunate event” in a statement.

The roadblock was set up by police while they searched for a stolen vehicle. “[The] deceased’s car hit the police barricade and they drove through it. They were shot at at that point, the statement continued.

The prime minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, expressed his sorrow and sadness over the untimely death of journalist Arshad Sharif in a tweet.

He later said that he had spoken to Kenya’s President William Ruto requesting a “fair and transparent investigation… He promised all-out help including fast-tracking the process of return of the body to Pakistan.”

Marriyum Aurangzeb, Pakistan’s information minister, issued a warning against speculating on the circumstances of the death.

Javeria Siddique, Sharif’s wife, wrote a brief note on Twitter lamenting the loss of her “friend, husband, and favorite journalist.”

Former Prime Minister Khan demanded a “full legal probe” and expressed horror at what he called a “murder,” saying he had “paid the ultimate price for speaking the truth.”

In April, Mr. Khan was forced out of office after losing a vote of no confidence. After alleging that the nation’s Federal Investigation Agency was intimidating him, Sharif—who had supported Mr. Khan—left the country.

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