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Arshad Sharif : Prominent Pakistani Journalist Killed in Kenya

Arshad Sharif

Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif is dead.

Arshad was reportedly shot and killed in Kenya, his wife Javeria Siddique confirmed early Monday, October 24 morning through her social media handle.

 “I lost my friend, husband and my favourite journalist Arshad Sharif today, as per police he was shot in Kenya. Respect our privacy and in the name of breaking please don’t share our family pics, personal details and his last pictures from the hospital. Remember us in your prayers,” mourned Arshad’s wife in a social media post.

While details of Arshad’s shooting remain scanty, the Kenya Police says the shooting of the journalist was a case of mistaken identity.

 

Police say Arshad Sharif was shot in the head and killed by police after he and his driver allegedly breached a roadblock that had been set up to check on motor vehicles using the route, Star Reports.

Arshad and his driver were driving from Magadi town to Nairobi when they were flagged down at a roadblock being manned by a group of police officers, police said.

At the roadblock, there was a call for police to intercept a car similar to the one Arshad Shariff were driving following a carjacking incident in Pangani area, Nairobi where a child was taken hostage.

Arshad Sharif

The late Arshad Sharif. PHOTO/COURTESY

And a few moments later, Sharif’s car emerged at the roadblock and the two were stopped and asked to identify themselves.

The two allegedly refused to stop and drove past the roadblock.

This prompted a brief chase and shooting that left Sharif dead. Their car rolled and his driver was injured and taken to hospital.

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Netizens in Pakistan, Kenya took to social media to mourn the award-winning journalist who was vocally opposed to the ongoing political developments in Pakistan.

Sharif specialized in investigative journalism and is said to have been working on a corruption story at the time of death.

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