SC orders new JIT on Arshad Sharif murder after reviewing fact-finding report


The 592-page fact-finding committee’s report on the murder of slain journalist Arshad Sharif has been submitted to the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

After hearing the case, the apex court ordered new independent Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe Arshad Sharif’s murder

CJP Umar Ata Bandial said that t’s a criminal matter so there is no need to form a judicial commission.

However, the apex judge ordered to start probe from slain journalist’s two hosts in Kenya.

He also observed that real evidence of crime is in Kenya.

The top judge advised government to raise matter with Kenyan authorities.

Also, Justice Naqvi remarked it’s a serious matter and warns govt to take it seriously.

The director generals of FIA and Intelligence Bureau signed the report.

A five-judge larger SC bench led Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel, Justice Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi and Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar heard the case on Wednesday.

Fact Finding Report Key Points 

According to the report, the role of foreign characters in the murder case was significant. Especially, the role of Arshad’s hosts Khurram and Waqar Ahmad is very important and warrants a probe.

The report maintained that Waqar Ahmad failed to give satisfactory answers to the questions put on him by the investigation team. Notwithstanding, Arshad Sharif’s murder was orchestrated.

Arshad Sharif was issued the UAE visa on June 2022. The visa was valid until Aug 2022.

When Arshad Sharif reached Kenya, his visa was to expire after 20 days. He applied for new visa on Oct 12, 2022. But his visa request was rejected.

The trajectory of the bullet that hit Arshad Sharif in the chest does not match the firing pattern, the report says adding that one bullet barreled into the upper part of his back.

The bullet hit about 6 to 8 inches below the neck and exited from the side of the chest.

It is not difficult to conclude from the wound that the bullet was fired from the close range. The angle from which the bullet fired should have caused a hole in the car seat as well.