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Slain Pakistan journalist’s host in Lavington named as a person of interest

Two businessmen based in Kenya have been named as persons of interest in a report handed to the Pakistan government by a team of two Pakistan investigators that visited Kenya.

The two investigators are; the Director of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Athar Wahid and Intelligence Bureau Deputy Director-General Mr Omar Shahid Hamid.

Three names of people who are now at the centre of the investigations of the death of the former news anchor including two businessmen living in Kenya.

They include; Mr Waqar Ahmed and Mr Khurram Ahmed who are the two brothers that hosted Mr Sharif here in Kenya and it was at the request of the Chief Executive Officer of Karachi Kings Mr Tariq Wasi.

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In this picture taken on June 22, 2022, a top Pakistani news anchor Arshad Sharif speaks during an event on “Regime Change Conspiracy and Pakistan’s Destabilisation” in Islamabad. PHOTO | AFP

It is worth noting that Mr Sharif was killed while he was being driven by Mr Khurram. Full details of what transpired during the death are yet to be unravelled as the investigations are still ongoing.

Mr Waqar in his statement to the Pakistan team said that Mr Wasi not only asked him to arrange a sponsorship letter for the late journalist from Dubai where he was based but also host him and ensure that he is safe as long as he facilitates his stay here in Kenya.

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It is from there that Mr Wasi and Mr Waqar started talking frequently as they discussed the media personality’s well-being since he had also given him accommodation at his penthouse which is located along Riverside Drive in Nairobi County.

Mr Waqar further told Pakistan investigating team that he then went ahead and called Mr Wasi when the journalist was shot dead. Moments later, he said that he was called by a former boss of the deceased to find out what really transpired.

Nairobi News contacted Mr Wasi over the allegations but by the time of going to press he never responded to our requests for comment.

Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif. PHOTO: COURTESY

Nairobi News has established that on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, police in Islamabad the capital city of Pakistan registered a First Information Report (FIR) on the murder of journalist Arshad Sharif, who was on October 23, 2022, shot dead along Magadi Road in Kajiado County.

The report was lodged by Mr Rasheed Ahmed who is the top police officer of Ramna Police Station which is located in Islamabad.

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The Supreme Court was handed over this report by the Ministry of Security on Monday, December 5, 2022.

The Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Jamal Mandokhail, Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi and Justice Mohammad Ali Mahzar, heard the case.

The hearing will go on today, Wednesday, December 7, 2022.

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