Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif shot dead in Kenya

ISLAMABAD: veteran Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif died in Kenya after being shot, his wife said on Monday.
“I lost a friend, a husband and my favorite journalist @arsched today, police say he was shot dead in Kenya. Respect our privacy and in the name of breaking up do not share our family photos, our personal details and his latest pictures from the hospital. Remember us in your prayers,” Sharif’s wife, Javeria Siddique, said in a post on Twitter.
Initial media reports had claimed that Sharif had died in an accident. Pakistan’s foreign ministry said its high commission in Kenya was collecting information from authorities.
Many Pakistanis and prominent members of the media community expressed their condolences following the news of Arshad Sharif’s death.
Former Pakistani parliamentarian Farahnaz Ispahani expressed her deepest condolences. “What a huge and shocking loss. May he rest in eternal peace.”
“Sincere condolences. He and you are in our thoughts and prayers,” the former Pakistani envoy to the United States said, Husain Haqqani.
Press journalist Ary Kashif Abbassi tweeted: “My brother, my friend my colleague arshad shareef was shot dead in Kenya…I still can’t believe it. This is beyond heartbroken. This is simply untrue… it’s painful… I love you my brother.”
Pakistan is one of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists, with three to four murders every year, often linked to corruption or illegal trafficking and which go completely unpunished, according to a Paris-based media watchdog. .
“Any journalist who crosses the red lines dictated by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) – an offshoot of the intelligence services – is likely to be the target of extensive surveillance that could lead to kidnappings and more detentions. or less lengthy in state prisons or less official prisons,” Reporters Without Borders said.
Additionally, the watchdog said Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan’s main military intelligence agency, is ready to silence any criticism.

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