Arshad Sharif's postmortem to be conducted: family

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Arshad Sharif. Twitter
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  • A new postmortem will be conducted, announced Arshad Sharif's family. 
  • The postmortem will be carried out at the PIMS hospital. 
  • The administration and police of the federal capital will assist. 

The family of senior journalist and anchorperson Arshad Sharif said his postmortem will be carried out in Pakistan as well, Geo News reported Wednesday.

The Kenyan police fatally wounded Sharif on the night of Sunday, October 23, in what the Kenyan authorities said was a “mistaken identity” shooting on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital Nairobi. 

The family said that the federal capital police and the administration will make arrangements for the postmortem at the Pims Hospital. A three-member team of doctors will be formed in this regard.

Arshad Sharif's mother has demanded a senior surgeon be present during the postmortem at the hospital.

The authorities said that the body of the senior journalist would be shifted to the Pims Hospital in the morning. The body has been kept at the mortuary of the Quaid-e-Azam International Hospital.

Arshad Sharif's first postmortem was carried out in Nairobi after he was killed in Kenya. After his postmortem, his body was dispatched to Pakistan. 

A Qatar Airways flight carrying his body landed in Islamabad in  early hours of Wednesday. At the Islamabad airport, his body was handed over to his family. 

Arshad targeted killed to silence truth: Imran

Addressing a lawyer’s convention in Peshawar on Tuesday, PTI Chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan claimed that slain journalist Arshad Sharif was targeted killed.

“No matter what anyone says, I know that Arshad Sharif became a victim of target killing,” Khan said.

“I had received information that Sharif would be killed so that the truth could be silenced.”

The former premier also claimed that Sharif was receiving threats from unknown numbers.

“I told him to leave the country, but he did not listen,” Khan shared, adding that he considered Sharif the most respected figure in journalism.

Pak Army seeks high-level inquiry

The Pakistan Army on Tuesday asked the government to conduct a high-level probe into the tragic killing of the journalist.

Director-General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar said, “We have requested the government to hold a high-level investigation so that all these speculations can be put to rest.”

“All the aspects of this terrible incident need to be looked into.”

To a question regarding the accusations being hurled at the institutions' alleged involvement in Sharif’s killing in Kenya, the DG ISPR said: “It is very unfortunate that people engage in allegations without any evidence to back them up … and I think an exhaustive investigation should be carried out to deal with these things”.