Arshad Sharif murder: Special JIT to leave for UAE today

ISLAMABAD: The special Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed to probe the murder of senior journalist Arshad Sharif will leave for United Arab Emirates (UAE) today (Saturday).

The probe team will stay in UAE for a week to collect details of Arshad Sharif’s meetings and contacts he made in his last days.

The special JIT will then visit Nairobi on January 15 to collect evidence regarding the murder of the renowned journalist. The team will probe two brothers Khurram and Waqar, who accompanied Sharif while he was in Kenya.

In October last year, Sharif was allegedly shot dead by the Kenyan police under mysterious circumstances while he was travelling to Nairobi from the country’s Magadi town.

On January 5, the journalist’s widow Javeria Siddique expressed distrust in the special JIT.

“The JIT members are the officials working under the accused [authorities]. Retired army officials such as AD Khawaja and General (retd) Tariq Khan should be included in the JIT,” Siddique requested the apex court.

However, the Supreme Court set aside the reservations expressed by the family, saying that only serving officials will be a part of the JIT.

Earlier, a fact-finding committee — established by the government to probe and ascertain facts regarding Sharif’s murder — hinted involvement of foreign hands in the “premeditated” killing.

The fact-finding team manned by Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Athar Waheed and Intelligence Bureau’s (IB) Omar Shahid Hamid, travelled to Kenya to collect information into the incident.

Raja Furqan Ahmed

Raja Furqan Ahmed is the News Editor of The Pakistan Daily.

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