After letter from Army, PM decides judicial probe into Arshad Sharif’s death
Shehbaz Sharif says federal cabinet will endorse the commission formation: GHQ also requests govt to take legal action against those blaming the institution: Marriyum Aurangzeb says commission will be headed by high court judge
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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday decided to form a judicial commission to investigate the murder of senior journalist Arshad Sharif in Kenya on the request of the General Headquarters (GHQ), reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The GHQ had also written a letter to the government to take legal action against those involved in blaming the institution for the death of Arshad Sharif. “An action should be taken in the light of the Constitution against those involved in blaming the institution,” it demanded.
In a video message, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif announced the formation of a high-level inquiry commission to probe the death of Arshad Sharif.
“I spoke to the President of Kenya on the phone yesterday. Today, we have decided to form a high-level inquiry commission to probe this incident,” he said.
“The commission will be headed by a high court judge, and the endorsement of the inquiry commission will be taken from the cabinet,” he added.
“The facts will be brought before the entire nation by conducting a transparent investigation into Arshad Sharif’s case,” he pledged.
In a tweet, the prime minister said “I have decided to form a Judicial Commission to hold an inquiry into the killing of journalist Arshad Sharif in order to determine the facts of the tragic incident in a transparent & conclusive manner.”
I have decided to form a Judicial Commission to hold an inquiry into the killing of journalist Arshad Sharif in order to determine the facts of the tragic incident in a transparent & conclusive manner.— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) October 25, 2022
Meanwhile, Federal Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had decided to investigate the murder of senior journalist Arshad Sharif.
She said that a judicial commission, headed by a high court judge, would be formed for investigations into the death of the late journalist.
She added that the head of the judicial commission would be able to take members from civil society and media to determine the facts.
“The prime minister took this decision to establish the real facts behind the death of late Arshad Sharif,” she stated.
It is to be noted here that Arshad Sharif had been killed in firing by Kenyan police. The Kenyan government had declared it a case of ‘mistaken identity’.
It also merits a mention here that his body will reach Islamabad Airport tonight, and he will be laid to rest in Islamabad on Thursday.