Tuesday Oct 25, 2022
The postmortem of senior journalist Arshad Sharif has been completed and arrangements are underway to transport the body to Pakistan.
Sharif was shot to death in Kenya on Sunday night by the Kenyan police in a “mistaken identity” case while he was travelling to Nairobi from the country’s Magadi town.
The journalist's postmortem was conducted in Nairobi, according to diplomatic sources. Meanwhile, preparations are being made to transfer the body of the slain journalist to Pakistan.
Diplomatic sources further added that efforts are being made to transport the body to Pakistan at the earliest so that his last rites could be performed.
The slain journalist's family members said that his body would be brought to Pakistan on Tuesday, adding that he will be laid to rest in the H11 graveyard in Islamabad on Thursday.
Sharif was gunned down when police, tracking down a jacked car, opened indiscriminate fire on the journalist's automobile mistaking it for a stolen vehicle. A Kenyan police report said that they suspected the car had a minor hostage as it sped through a manned barricade without stopping.
The Foreign Office of Pakistan said that the government is actively engaged with the Kenyan authorities at multiple levels for the speedy repatriation of the mortal remains of Sharif.
Pakistan has also officially asked Kenya to launch an investigation into the incident.
Acting Foreign Secretary Raza Bashir Tarar has also met with the Kenyan High Commissioner in Islamabad to impress upon the importance of the matter.
Tarar also briefed the honourable members of the National Assembly Foreign Relations Committee on the developments.