Journalist Arshad Sharif shot dead in Kenya

By: News Desk
Published: 09:03 AM, 24 Oct, 2022
Journalist Arshad Sharif shot dead in Kenya
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Senior journalist and anchorperson Arshad Sharif Monday was shot dead in the outskirts of Kenya’s Nairobi city.

Police in Kenya have confirmed his death and have opened an investigation.

Sharif’s wife Javeria Siddiqui took to Twitter and confirmed the tragic news, acknowledging that her husband was killed in Kenya.

“I lost friend, husband and my favourite journalist [Arshad Sharif] today, as per police he was shot in Kenya,” she tweeted.

She also urged the media and the public not to share their family pictures, personal details, and Sharif’s last pictures from the hospital on social media.

Sharif was previously associated with ARY News and had gone to Dubai after resigning from the channel. He had worked for country’s top news channels and newspapers in the past. He was awarded ‘Presidential Pride of Performance’ for his exceptional journalism in the year 2019.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar said Pakistan’s High Commission in Kenya was ascertaining information from the authorities.

Condolences poured in from colleagues and politicians on the journalist’s death.

President Dr Arif Alvi termed Sharif’s death a loss for journalism and Pakistan. “May his soul rest in peace and may his family, which includes his followers, have the strength to bear this loss,” Alvi said.

PM Shehbaz Sharif said he was deeply saddened by the shocking news of journalist Arshad Sharif's tragic death.

"May Allah SWT grant him a place in Heaven. My deep condolences and prayers for the bereaved family," he wrote on Twitter.

PTI chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan expressed his condolences over the death of journalist Arshad Sharif.

PTI Secretary General Asad Umar and Senator Azam Swati also said they were shocked and devastated by the news of Sharif’s death.

“Unbelievable. May Allah rest the soul of Arshad Sharif in peace. Ameen,” journalist Hamid Mir tweeted.

Journalists Kamran Khan called for an investigation into Sharif’s killing.

"Arshad Sharif shot dead in Kenya" can't believe!. HEART BREAKING STUNNING ASTONISHING. Few news accounts speak of Arshad killed in traffic accident? Kenyan officials and GOP must act fast to get us facts on this devastating news about one of Pakistan's most prominent journalists.”

“My brother, my friend, my colleague Arshad Shareef was shot dead in Kenya … I still can’t believe it. It’s beyond heart breaking. This is just wrong … this is painful … I love u brother,” ARY News anchorperson Kashif Abbasi tweeted.

Shahzeb Khanzada said he was extremely sad to hear the devastating news.

Anchorperson Mehar Bokari wrote: “Arshad Sharif, not just a colleague, a brother, is no more. From Islamabad to Moscow, from Dunya News to ARY, I’ve not known a finer gentleman. Shot dead. Too young. Too brutally. Still can not wrap my head around it.”