Arshad Sharif, a journalist and news anchor, was shot and killed in Kenya, his wife, Javeria Siddique, said on Monday morning. In her tweet, she said, “I lost my best friend, my husband, and my favourite journalist Arshad today. He was shot, according to the police, in Kenya. Please respect our privacy and don’t share pictures of our family, personal information, or his last pictures from the hospital. Please say a prayer for us.”
I lost friend, husband and my favourite journalist @arsched today, as per police he was shot in Kenya.
Respect our privacy and in the name of breaking pls don't share our family pics, personal details and his last pictures from hospital.
Remember us in ur prayers. pic.twitter.com/wP1BJxqP5e
— Javeria Siddique (@javerias) October 24, 2022
Not yet known are the reasons why he was killed. Asim Iftikhar, a spokesman for the Foreign Office, said that the Pakistani High Commission in Kenya was getting information from the government. President Arif Alvi told the family of Arshad Sharif that he was sorry for their loss.
Arshad Sharif’s death Is a great loss to journalism and Pakistan.
May his soul rest in peace and may his family, which includes his followers, have the strength to bear this loss
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وانا الیہ راجعون
— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) October 24, 2022
After his death, the Sharif family also heard from Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, political leaders, and the Journalists fraternity. Kashif Abbasi, a journalist and news anchor, tweeted, “This is just wrong. “Oh, this hurts!”
I am deeply saddened by the shocking news of journalist Arshad Sharif's tragic death. May Allah SWT grant him a place in Heaven. My deep condolences and prayers for the bereaved family.
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) October 24, 2022
My brother,my friend my colleague arshad shareef was shot dead in Kenya..I still can’t believe it. It’s beyond heart breaking.this is just wrong.. this is painful.. I love u brother
— Kashif Abbasi (@Kashifabbasiary) October 23, 2022
Mazhar Abbas, a senior journalist, asked the International Federation of Journalists Asia and the Committee to Protect Journalists to form a “Fact-Finding Mission” to look into the death of Arshad Sharif. He also said that this one should not be forgotten, unlike many other murders of journalists.
I appeal to International Federation of Journalists @IFJasiaapacific and @CpjAsia to constitute Fact Finding Mission to probe the killing of senior anchor person and investigative journalist #ArshadShareef This case unlike many journalist's murder should not go unnoticed.
— Mazhar Abbas (@MazharAbbasGEO) October 24, 2022
“Unbelievable. May Allah give Arshad Sharif’s soul peace. Ameen,” journalist Hamid Mir tweeted. In August, Arshad Sharif was in the news when police arrested several ARY News reporters after PTI leader Shahbaz Gill said something controversial about the military during a live phone-in on TV. Gill was arrested and charged with making the military staff want to rebel.
Unbelievable. May Allah rest the soul of Arshad Sharif in peace. Ameen. https://t.co/l6ELwdCCYK
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) October 24, 2022
However, other ARY News journalists were named in the FIR against the TV, but Arshad Sharif had already left Pakistan. A few days after he left, ARY News said in a statement that it was breaking up with Sharif. As soon as he left Pakistan, Arshad Sharif was seen in London. It wasn’t clear right away why he was in Nairobi.