SC suggests involving UN in Arshad Sharif murder probe

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Supreme Court Justice Ijazul Ahsan on Thursday asked investigators to discuss with the foreign ministry the possibility of involving the United Nations in the murder probe of journalist Arshad Sharif.

Justice Ahsan made the suggestion as a five-member bench of the top court comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail and Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar, resumed suo motu proceedings of the matter on Tuesday.

Senior journalist and anchorperson Arshad Sharif was murdered on the outskirts of Nairobi on October 23, 2022.

On Wednesday, the police submitted a 13-page interim report to the court about investigations into journalist Sharif’s murder for the judges to peruse in chambers only.

The SC bench had already issued notices to the heads of the FIA and Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), as well as foreign affairs, interior, and information secretaries for today.

At the outset of the hearing, CJP Bandial inquired whether the 41 people the special joint investigation team (JIT) questioned were in Pakistan.