SC takes suo moto notice of Arshad Sharif’s murder
The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) on Tuesday taken suo moto notice of murder of senior journalist Arshad Sharif and has constituted a five-member larger bench, which will hear the case today at 12:30pm.
Senior anchorperson Arshad Sharif was shot dead in Kenya on October 24.
The statement issued by Supreme Court stated the journalist fraternity and people are deeply saddened and shocked over the tragic death of senior journalist Arshad Sharif and are demanding the apex court to probe the case.
The Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial has issued notices to Secretary Interior, Secretary Foreign, Secretary Information and Broadcasting, DG (FIA), DG (IB) and President Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and summon at 12:30pm today.
The SC has constituted the 5-member larger bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial, to hear the case.
Notably, the Kenyan police contradicted its statement by first saying that Sharif was killed in a case of mistaken identity, but later it alleged that shots were fired at the police from inside Sharif’s car and he was killed when the response unit fired back.