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JIT to call Faisal Vawda, Ali Zaidi for investigation into Arshad Sharif murder case

The JIT has decided to call in Ali Haider Zaidi and Faisal Vawda. Notices to this effect will likely be issued today. 

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) inquiring into the murder of journalist Arshad Sharif, has decided to summon PTI leader Ali Zaidi and former PTI leader Faisal Vawda.

According to the details, members of the JIT had met the fact-finding committee and received a detailed briefing. The investigation team prepared a list of the witnesses whose testimonies will be recorded.

As a result, the JIT has decided to call in Ali Haider Zaidi and Faisal Vawda to record their statements. Notices to this effect will likely be issued today.

The senior journalist and former ARY News anchor, Arshad Sharif, was killed in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on October 23 where he was living in self-exile.

Read more: Fact-finding report on Arshad Sharif’s murder reveals alarming details

Kenyan police first said that the journalist was killed in a case of “mistaken identity” but since his post-mortem and his body’s transfer to his Pakistan, several Kenyan news outlets have not only questioned the police’s conduct but have raised questions over the manner in which he was killed.

Former PTI leader Faisal Vawda has made startling claims during his press conferences regarding Arshad Sharif’s murder. Faisal Vawda had claimed that Arshad Sharif was killed under a conspiracy hatched within the country, adding that even his mobile and laptop would not be found as all “evidence has been erased”.

He also said that he had been in contact with the journalist since the day he left the country. He remarked that Arshad Sharif was not ready to leave the country. Rather, he was “threatened by conspiracies and expelled from here”.

According to the family and friends of Arshad Sharif, he was threatened with death. 16 cases were registered against Arshad Sharif in Pakistan, but copies of only nine cases were provided to the investigation committee. He was also asked to leave the UAE by Emirati authorities.

Read more: Supreme Court takes suo moto notice of Arshad Sharif’s killing