Sanaullah said Arshad Sharif was killed in a ‘targeted attack’. Home Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Tuesday that journalist Arshad Sharif was killed in a “targeted attack”, saying there was no evidence to support the narrative that he was shot dead in a case of “mistaken identity”.
Sharif was allegedly shot dead by local police in Kenya on the night of October 23. Initially, Kenyan media quoted local police as saying that Sharif was shot dead by police in a case of “mistaken identity”.
However, Kenyan media reports later reconstructed the events surrounding the assassination, stating that Sharif was believed to have been shot at by a paramilitary General Service Unit (GSU) officers in his car when he was killed.
The government later formed a team that traveled to Kenya to investigate the killings.
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In a press conference in Islamabad today, Sanaullah said that the party informed him about the investigation after his return from Kenya.
“We have decided to request the Foreign Minister and the Ambassador to provide the information gathered by the Kenyan officials.
“Prima facie, it was a targeted killing as the description of ‘mistaken identity’ was not substantiated […] And there are many doubts,” he said, adding that more information would come out only after a detailed investigation.
Sanaullah also said the firing at Sharif’s car was “very technical”.
“How did the police know where Arshad was sitting? [in the car]? In my view the shooters knew who Arshad Sharif was and where he was sitting in the car. Even the driver knew where what was going to happen.”
The minister said that the police have not yet returned the items recovered from the crime scene. “We’ve got a lot […] But some of them are still among them [Kenyan police’s] Custody.”
Talking about Sharif’s mother’s complaint about the investigation, Sanaullah said the Chief Justice can take his opinion on the matter and appoint a new head of the commission to investigate the murder.
“We will be more satisfied with that. I am hopeful that the suspects will be identified soon,” he added.
Last week, in a letter to the SC, Sharif’s mother requested the CJP to set up a judicial commission comprising senior judges of the Supreme Court to determine the real motive behind her son’s murder and identify the culprits.