PIMS probe committee interviews officials over leakage of ‘torture’ photos

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Arshad Sharif’s autopsy report handed over to family

Zubair Qureshi

The post-mortem report of the senior journalist Arshad Sharif who was killed under mysterious circumstances last month on October 23 in Kenya was handed over to the family on Monday.

Taking to social media, the late journalist’s widow Javeria Siddique said that she finally got hold of the post-mortem report of her late husband and was “waiting for the Supreme Court to form a judicial commission to probe her husband’s murder in Kenya.”

The Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) has however stated that it did not hand over the report to Arshad’s family adding it might’ve been given away by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). Last week, a private TV channel had run the disturbing pictures on its screen citing Arshad’s post-mortem reports and claimed that the senior journalist was brutally tortured for hours before being shot dead.

The journalist hosting the show also claimed that Arshad was shot at close range and that this was not a case of mistaken identity but a ‘planned murder.’ After the programme, an inquiry was called to probe how the pictures were leaked from the hospital to the said TV channel. On Monday, the inquiry committee interviewed officials including the Director Dr Khalid Masood, Medical Board Chairman Dr S H Waqar, Medical Director Dr S Hashim Raza, members of the medical board, Director IT Mohammad Sohail and Cameraman Medical Board Mohiuddin and asked how the pictures as well as the post-mortem report were leaked. It may be mentioned here that no mobile phones were allowed inside the room where autopsy was conducted and the only leakage could be possible through an official camera. However, the cameraman informed the probe committee that after taking photographs he submitted the camera and the record to the chairman of the medical board that conducted the autopsy and therefore, had nothing to do with any leakage of pictures.

 

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