CJP Umar Ata Bandial takes suo motu notice of Arshad Sharif’s ‘brutal killing’

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial on Tuesday took suo motu notice of the murder of journalist Arshad Sharif in Kenya with a larger bench scheduled to take up the case shortly.

“The journalist community in the country and the public at large are deeply distressed and concerned about the death of the senior journalist and are seeking the court’s scrutiny of the matter,” said the apex court in a statement announcing the suo motu action.

The court said that the CJP has issued notices to the interior secretary, foreign secretary, information secretary, director generals of Federal Investigation Authority (FIA), Intelligence Bureau, and president of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists.

The statement said that the apex court will hear the case today at 12:30pm before a five-member larger bench headed by the CJP.

PTI has constantly asking the Supreme Court to look into Sharif’s death.

While PM Shehbaz has also written to the CJP for the formation of a judicial commission to investigate Sharif’s killing. A demand also made by the slain journalist’s mother.

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