Islamabad: Shahbaz Sarkar’s confession on the death of a Pakistani journalist in Kenya may once again raise the political temperature of the country. Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Tuesday that preliminary investigations showed journalist Arshad Sharif was “murdered” in Kenya. He said that Kenya’s local police are reporting a case of mistaken identity but it is not so.
At the same time, this confession of Home Minister Rana Sanaullah is proving true to the claims of Imran Khan’s party which were made about the army. Arshad Sharif, 49, was a former reporter and TV anchor. Arshad Sharif had close relations with former Prime Minister Imran Khan. This thing was not liked by the Shahbaz government of Pakistan and the Pakistan Army. This is the reason why Pakistan security agencies filed a case against him on charges of sedition and “sedition” earlier this year. Fearing torture by the army and the police, Arshad Sharif left Pakistan and fled to Kenya. Arshad was shot on 23 October near a police post near Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.
Kenyan police later said it was a case of “misidentification”. But Pakistan’s opposition party i.e. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has been denying this. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf supremo Imran Khan was demanding a probe into the journalist’s death.
On Arshad’s murder, senior Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Faisal Wawda had said that the conspiracy to kill him was hatched inside Pakistan. Although Vavada did not take the name of the Pak Army, but his gesture was in that direction.
Vavada said that the army has nothing to do with it. He said there were some “enemies in the guise of friends” who had misled Arshad to leave the country. Apart from this, it also appears from the latest statements of Imran Khan that there is no rift between him and the army officers.