PTI’s Murad, Vawda to be probed in Arshad Sharif murder case
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A two-member fact-finding committee inquiring into the mysterious killing of noted journalist Arshad Sharif on Tuesday called for Faisal Vawda and Murad Saeed to probe, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Murad Saeed and former federal minister Faisal Vawda on different occasions had claimed that they were aware of the threats to Arshad Sharif.
The FIA has asked both leaders to appear before FIA Headquarters on November 21 (Monday) along with evidence. The committee will probe Faisal Vawda and Murad Saeed to know about the threats to the slain Sharif and the sources to whom they got the information.
Pertinent to note, Arshad Sharif was shot dead on the outskirts of Kenya's Nairobi city on October 23 where he was living in self-exile.
Kenyan police first said that Sharif was killed in a case of “mistaken identity” but since the journalist’s post-mortem and his body’s transfer to his home country, several Kenyan news outlets have not only questioned the police’s conduct but have raised questions over the manner in which he was killed.
His death sent shock waves across rights organizations, the media fraternity, and civil society and prompted calls for thorough investigation and disclosure of facts.
To solve the mystery, the federal interior ministry constituted a committee – consisting of senior officials from FIA as well as a member from a civilian intelligence agency that will submit its finding to the Interior Ministry.
The development comes after Vawda in a press conference on Oct.26 claimed that slain Arshad Sharif was shot from a close range and the conspiracy was hatched in Pakistan.
He claimed that he was in contact with the journalist since the day Sharif left the country.
“According to me, he was shot at from close range or inside the car. He received 2 bullets, in the head and chest, not 20 bullets,” the former PTI leader added.
Faisal Vawda further claimed that evidence, including Sharif’s mobile phone and laptop, would not be found because they have been erased. He maintained that Arshad Sharif was “chosen to be killed in Kenya by those who want to break the country.”
Likewise, addressing a press conference on November 4, Murad Saeed also claimed that he had kept the evidence of Arshad’s murder case in three different places, even if he was removed from the path, this evidence would come out in another way.