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Killing of veteran journalist Arshad Sharif was a ‘deliberate assassination’, Pakistani investigators mentioned in a brand new report.

The killing of a Pakistani investigative journalist in Kenya was a “deliberate assassination,” a group of Pakistani investigators has mentioned in a report launched on Wednesday.

Arshad Sharif, who was crucial of Pakistan’s highly effective military, was shot lifeless by the police on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, in late October whereas touring in a automobile. Nairobi police later expressed remorse over the incident, saying it was a case of “mistaken identification” throughout a search for the same automobile concerned in a baby abduction case.

Sharif’s killing triggered condemnations and requires an impartial probe.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif introduced an investigation and promised the federal government’s findings can be shared with the general public. The navy and Pakistani journalists additionally demanded a probe, as did Sharif’s widow, Javeria Siddique, and different relations.

The 49-year-old journalist was residing in exile after he fled the nation in August to keep away from arrest within the wake of a number of circumstances, together with sedition prices, slapped in opposition to him for making feedback on his present deemed offensive to the navy.

Islamabad police in the meantime, have charged two Pakistani businessmen residing in Kenya who had hosted Sharif within the African nation with involvement in his killing.

‘Focused assassination’

The investigators’ 592-page report, seen by The Related Press, mentioned the Kenyan police issued contradictory statements following the killing. As a part of the probe, two Pakistani officers had traveled to Kenya the place they met with police and Sharif’s hosts, brothers Khurram and Waqar Ahmed.

In line with the report, Khurram instructed the investigators that he was within the automobile with Sharif on the time of the capturing, touring residence after dinner. They noticed the roadblock, which Khurram believed to have been arrange by robbers. As they sped by way of with out stopping, he heard the deadly gunshots, he mentioned.

Khurram mentioned he then known as his brother who suggested that he preserve driving till they reached the household’s farmhouse, a number of kilometers (miles) away. As soon as on the home, the brothers discovered Sharif was already lifeless, Khurram was quoted as saying.

People attend the funeral prayer of slain senior Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif, in Islamabad
Individuals attend the funeral prayer of slain senior Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif, in Islamabad, Pakistan [File: Anjum Naveed/AP Photo]

Al Jazeera’s Malcolm Webb, reporting from the location of the killing in Kenya’s Kajiado, mentioned the brothers haven’t spoken to the press because the incident.

Nonetheless, their lawyer has mentioned that they “weren’t concerned and that they’re additionally fearing for his or her lives,” Webb mentioned.

The report shed no mild as as to if it discovered Khurram’s account suspicious. It solely mentioned the Kenyan police have been apparently “used as devices” within the killing, presumably with monetary or different compensation – once more, with out elaborating or providing proof to help the accusation.

The report provided no proof for its claims and there was no rapid remark from Kenya.

“This was a deliberate, focused assassination … relatively than a case of mistaken identification” because the Kenyan police claimed, the report mentioned. It avoided blaming anybody particularly, saying solely that people in Kenya, Dubai or Pakistan might have had a job within the slaying.

Sharif had stayed within the United Arab Emirates after leaving Pakistan in August and earlier than touring on to Kenya.

The report additional urged that the bullet that fatally wounded Sharif was fired from both contained in the automobile or from shut vary. It once more didn’t elaborate.

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