NAIROBI/ISLAMABAD: Arshad Sharif’s murder has been called a case of “mistaken identity” by Kenyan Police, however, some Pakistani links which have now been identified raise suspicions of a planned assassination.
Hours before Arshad was killed, he visited AMMODUMP, a Kenyan shooting range owned by Pakistani brothers Waqar Ahmed and Khurram Ahmed and frequently visited by Kenya’s security personnel.
More surprisingly, Khurram Ahmed was present in the car when Arshad got shot however he escaped unscathed whilst Arshad lost his life.
According to Kenyan Police, Arshad’s vehicle was asked to stop but the car, driven by Khurram did not stop. This led to a volley of 8 bullets which was sprayed on the White Land Cruiser Arshad was seated in.
Why did Khurram, who was acquainted with Kenyan security personnel not stop the car when allegedly urged to do so?
The police also state that the car’s description matched a stolen car with a child inside.
How then could the police shoot at the car if they suspected a child was inside?
The fact that Kenyan police have not questioned Pakistanis Waqar Ahmad and Khurram Ahmed also raises suspicions of an alleged coverup.
According to Kenyan Police, Khurram Ahmed was Arshad Sharif’s brother. This has also been reported by various Kenyan news outlets however, Arshad Sharif only had one brother who was a Major in the Pakistani army and had been martyred before.
Why was disinformation spread by Kenyan police when the identities of Khurram and Waqar Ahmed was known?
Minutes after the news of the murder reached Pakistani media, ARY News reported that Arshad Sharif had died in an “accident” in Kenya.
It was only when other outlets reported that Arshad Sharif had been shot did ARY also report the murder but the question arises, who instructed Pakistani media outlets to initially report that Arshad’s murder was an “accident”.
The reason why Arshad Sharif travelled to Kenya and the Pakistani state’s role also raises questions.
In August 2022, Arshad Sharif left for Dubai from Peshawar, citing threats to his person. He briefly travelled to the UK however, he was not granted a visa. Even the US refused his visa request.
In Dubai, Arshad was told that he would either be deported to Pakistan or he could travel to any other country, according to his lawyer, Barrister Shoaib Razzaq.
Without any visa for any foreign country, Arshad decided to travel to Kenya, a country which offers visa on arrival for Pakistanis.
Arshad had kept his exact location hidden even from his family since he was suspicious of interception of his communications.
However, despite multiple threats, Arshad continued reporting both on Twitter and his newly created YouTube channel he founded after being let go from his prime-time tv show at ARY News.
The fact that the Pakistani state hounded Arshad in Dubai, minimising his options of travel and coercing him to come back to Pakistan reflects how the noose was tightening against him.
Arshad’s latest investigative work challenged powerful personalities, including Pakistan’s Prime Minister Mian Shehbaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa.
His body is set to reach Islamabad via Doha late Tuesday morning.