Last night, senior journalist and renowned broadcaster Arshad Sharif was allegedly murdered in Kenya. PTI leaders asserted that Arshad Sharif was killed by a headshot.
The 49-year-old journalist Arshad Sharif came from a military household. His father was a commander in the Pakistan Navy, while his brother held the rank of major in the Pakistan Army. Brother Ashraf Sharif was killed in a terrorist strike.
Arshad Sharif, born in Karachi in 1973, began his journalistic career in 1993 with English-language newspapers and television
According to certain media accounts, Ashraf Sharif was killed in a car accident, and last night, the world learned about Arshad Sharif’s targeted assassination.
While anchoring shows on private television stations, Arshad Sharif gained notoriety for his candid, impartial, and fearless commentary and analysis of the country’s current events. According to legend, Arshad Sharif always backed the truth without fear of reprisal.
His legacy will live on in the history of investigative journalism. In addition to reporting for Pakistani and foreign media outlets, he exposed the corrupt practices of numerous individuals.
Arshad Sharif had a keen interest in military issues and reported successfully on military operations against terrorists. His program Power Play gained extraordinary popularity due to the exclusive, jaw-dropping content it featured.
Arshad Sharif, a journalist and news anchor, was fatally shot in Kenya, his wife, Javeria Siddique, reported on Monday morning.
She tweeted, “Today, I lost my best friend, spouse, and favorite journalist, Arshad. Police say he was shot in Kenya. Please respect our privacy and refrain from sharing our family photos, personal information, and his last hospital photos in the pretext of breaking news. Don’t forget us in your prayers.”
The motives behind his murder are yet to be ascertained.
Asim Iftikhar, a spokesperson for the Foreign Office, stated that the Pakistani High Commission in Kenya was gathering information from the authorities.
President Arif Alvi expressed condolences to Arshad Sharif’s grieving family.
After his passing, the Sharif family received condolences from Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, political figures, and the Journalists fraternity.
Kashif Abbasi, a journalist and news anchor, tweeted, “This is unjustifiable. This is agonizing.”
Mazhar Abbas, a senior journalist, asked the International Federation of Journalists Asia and the Committee to Protect Journalists to form a “Fact-Finding Mission” to investigate the murder of Arshad Sharif. Unlike previous journalist deaths, he stressed that this case should not go unreported.
“Unbelievable. May Allah grant Arshad Sharif eternal peace. Ameen,” journalist Hamid Mir tweeted.
In August, seven ARY News journalists were arrested when PTI leader Shahbaz Gill made a controversial statement regarding the military during a live phone-in talk on television. Gill was arrested and charged with instigating the military personnel to rebel.
However, other ARY News journalists were identified in the FIR against the television station and remained in Pakistan, although Arshad Sharif had fled the country.
A few days following Sharif’s departure, ARY News issued a statement announcing the end of their relationship.
Soon after leaving Pakistan, Arshad Sharif was spotted in London. It was unclear at first what brought him to Nairobi.