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Details of Pakistani PM calls to President Ruto over slain journalist Arshad Sharif

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif called Kenya’s President William Ruto on Monday following the murder of Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif in Kajiado.

The PM urged President Ruto to speed up investigations of a murdered Pakistani journalist.

In a Tweet, the prime minister said he had spoken with Dr Ruto over the phone.

“Just had a telephonic call with Kenyan President William Ruto about the tragic death of Arshad Sharif in Kenya,” he wrote.

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Mr Sharif noted that the president had promised to fast-track the process of repatriating the remains of the slain journalist.

Further, he revealed that he had urged Dr Ruto to ensure a fair and transparent investigation into the incident, which he called shocking.

Kenyan police officers killed Sharif on Sunday night in what authorities have claimed was a case of mistaken identity.

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The National Police Service (NPS) said in a statement that officers manning a roadblock on Magadi Road mistook Sharif and his brother Khurram Ahmed for kidnappers trafficking a child from Starehe Nairobi.

Mr Bruno Shioso, the NPS spokesperson, did not comment on why the officers shot nearly 20 times at a vehicle that may have been ferrying a kidnapped minor.

Some Pakistanis are alleging foul play on social media, blaming Sharif’s killing on their government.

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Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan also mourned the fallen journalist calling him an astute and valiant journalist who never dreaded speaking the truth.

“Shocked at the brutal murder of Arshad Sharif who paid the ultimate price for speaking the truth – his life. He had to leave the country & be in hiding abroad but he continued to speak the truth on social media, exposing the powerful. Today the entire nation mourns his death,” he tweeted.

The news of Sharif’s death sent shockwaves across the globe after police officers killed him in Kenya on Sunday night.

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