Pakistani journalist was shot and killed by the police as he approached a roadblock in Kajiado

Pakistani journalist was shot and killed by the police as he approached a roadblock in Kajiado
Pakistani journalist was shot and killed by the police as he approached a roadblock in Kajiado

During a mistaken identity attack on the Nairobi-Magadi highway, a senior Pakistani journalist was killed.

In the aftermath of an alleged roadblock breach by Sharif and his driver, Arshad Sharif was shot in the head by police and killed.

A group of police officers flagged them down at a roadblock as they drove from Magadi town to Nairobi, police said.

The case will be handled by the Independent Policing Oversight Authority, according to police headquarters.

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There will be a comprehensive statement released later, a senior police officer confirmed.

The shooting incident involved a journalist who was mistaken for another. The officer said that more information would be released later.

In Nairobi’s Pangani area, a child was taken hostage during a carjacking incident. At the roadblock, police were called to intercept a car similar to the one they were driving.

A few minutes later, Sharif’s car stopped at the roadblock and they had to verify their identity.

A roadblock was allegedly passed by them without stopping.

As a result, a brief chase and shooting ensued, resulting in Sharif’s death. He was taken to the hospital after his car rolled.

Later, he informed police he and his slain colleague were developers heading for Magadi.

In Pakistan, where the journalist was well known, news of the incident spread quickly.

It was Javeria Siddiqui, Sharif’s wife, who took to Twitter to confirm the tragic news.

“I lost friend, husband and my favourite journalist [Arshad Sharif] today, as per police he was shot in Kenya,” she tweeted.

Additionally, Sharif’s last pictures from the hospital should not be shared on social media, neither by the media nor the general public.

Having resigned from ARY News, Sharif went to Dubai.

Condolences poured in from across the country after Sharif’s death was announced.

As a result of Arshad Sharif’s death, Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PTI) and former prime minister, expressed his condolences.

Hina Pervaiz Butt, a leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), said her condolences on Shariff’s passing, while Ali Zaidi, who leads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, also condoled.

Despite Sharif’s death being a loss for Pakistan and journalism, President Arif Alvi praised the legacy Sharif left behind.

Alvi said, “May his soul rest in peace and may his family, including his followers, have strength to carry this loss.”

During his speech, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed his deep sadness. The journalist’s family was offered condolences and prayers.


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