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Senior journalist Arshad Sharif shot dead in Kenya – Nation in shock

Authorities in both Pakistan and Kenya are yet to reveal the circumstances surrounding Arshad Sharif's death. Police in Kenya have opened an investigation into the gun attack that killed Arshad Sharif. 

In shocking news, one of Pakistan’s leading journalists, Arshad Sharif, was shot dead in Kenya’s Nairobi city. His wife Javeria Siddique confirmed the news early Monday.

Some earlier reports had indicated that Arshad Sharif had died in an accident. However, his wife took to Twitter to confirm that he was shot. She also requested the media and the general public to respect the privacy of the family.

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

Authorities in both Pakistan and Kenya are yet to reveal the circumstances surrounding the journalist’s death. Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar said Pakistan’s High Commission in Kenya was ascertaining information from the authorities. Moreover, police in Kenya have opened an investigation into the gun attack that killed Sharif.

Arshad Sharif had left Pakistan earlier this year after sedition cases were registered against him in different cities.

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Nation in shock over death of Arshad Sharif

Condolences are pouring in from colleagues and politicians on the journalist’s death. The civic society in Pakistan has also expressed shock over the death.

President Dr. Arif Alvi termed Arshad Sharif’s death a loss for journalism and Pakistan. “May his soul rest in peace and may his family, which includes his followers, have the strength to bear this loss,” Alvi said.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said he was deeply saddened. He offered condolences and prayers for the journalist’s family.

“Arshad Sharif, not just a colleague, a brother, is no more. From Islamabad to Moscow, from Dunya News to ARY, I’ve not known a finer gentleman. Shot dead. Too young. Too brutally,” Hum News anchorperson Meher Bokhari tweeted.

“My brother, my friend, my colleague Arshad Shareef was shot dead in Kenya … I still can’t believe it. It’s beyond heartbreaking. This is just wrong … this is painful … I love u brother,” ARY News anchorperson Kashif Abbasi tweeted.

PTI Secretary General Asad Umar and Senator Azam Swati also said they were shocked and devastated by the news of Sharif’s death.

A seasoned journalist, Arshad Sharif was one of Pakistan’s top news anchors. The 49-year-old had worked in various newsrooms in the country and was awarded the Pride of Performance by President Arif Alvi in March 2019. He leaves behind a wife and five children.

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