Arshad Sharif murder case, Tehreek-e-Insaf’s attempt to influence the case

Supreme Court takes notice of Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif murder

Dec 8, 2022: The Supreme Court has itself taken notice of the case of Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif, who was killed in Kenya.

The hearing of the case is ongoing. Arshad Sharif’s mother has also filed an application in the Supreme Court. According to the alleged reports, the petition given by his mother in Arshad Sharif’s murder case came under pressure from Tehreek-e-Insaf.

According to the report, many things have been revealed regarding the politicization of Arshad Sharif’s murder, which clearly shows that the suo motu action taken by the court is due to the pressure of a political party. 

The tragic incident of the Arshad Sharif murder case took place on 23/24 October 2022 in Kenya. To get to the bottom of the incident, the government started working on an urgent basis, which resulted in the formation of a fact-finding team that submitted its report within just 7 weeks of the incident.

The government of Pakistan facilitated the transfer and burial of Arshad Sharif’s body with due respect and lightning speed. And in the next few days, it announced the formation of a judicial commission of inquiry. 

The court has ordered certain measures which have been immediately complied with and the FIR has been registered regardless of the legal loopholes of the territorial jurisdiction. A JIT has also been constituted to investigate the incident. The government is sincere in solving the case despite the difficulties.

However, Imran Khan has decided to use the feelings and grief of a grieving mother to further his political attack and to use the killing of Arshad Sharif to gratify his ego. In this process, the efforts of the Government of Pakistan, the procedural law, and the facts of the case as well as a possible outcome are all likely to be sacrificed on the altar of some populist ego of Imran Khan.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan, taking notice of Arshad Sharif’s murder incident, said the petition was politically motivated, mostly based on rumours, and had no legal evidence. 

Nomination of former Army Chief, DGISI, DGC, and ISPR as well as other officers of CDV, without any evidence, is highly malicious to weaken the institutions and consequently the country itself. is a continuation of the campaign based on A political party that has proved that it is hell-bent on tarnishing the reputation of the state and its institutions, including the judiciary.

The Investigation under the Investigating Officer has been initiated. Arshad Sharif’s mother along with other witnesses can and will give their statements to the investigating officer under CrPC 161. He is then authorized by law to implicate as many accused as possible based on his investigation. Those who are interested in finding out the killers of Arshad Sharif and want to punish them will help in the investigation. ,

While those who want to politicize this issue will obstruct the investigation by politicizing it. Such facts will be distorted by the media which will affect the legal aspects of this case. Rather it will prove dangerous which is usually driven by investigation/evidence to be guided by speculation/rumour. If the investigation comes out because of the political theatrics of this political party and the pressure it creates, it will set a precedent and make a mockery of our judicial system.

It should also be noted that the seemingly simple objective is to make the investigative process and our judicial system so controversial that the public at large becomes dissatisfied with both and agrees with Imran Khan’s policy. In the instant case, a high-powered JIT was constituted to investigate the murder case independently.

Meanwhile, the forensics of Arshad Sharif’s apparatus is on and hence it is important that he be allowed to function independently and protected from the undue influence of a certain political party and its media brigade.

If the investigation against the named people is allowed on the order of the Supreme Court, then those who use this case for political gains will gain political advantage from it. 

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