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PFUJ’s campaign against impunity for Arshad Sharif’s murder

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BRUSSELS (IFJ): International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in its Media Release informed that the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) had announced the launch of a campaign fighting against impunity in the case of senior journalist Arshad Sharif.

President PFUJ G M Jamali spearheading a campaign against impunity urging govt of Pakistan to deliver justice to Arshad Sharif

“IFJ joins its affiliate, PFUJ, in condemning impunity in attacks against journalists and urging Pakistan’s government to investigate the killing and deliver justice to Sharif’s family and the media community.

“On 23rd November, the PFUJ launched a campaign protesting the insufficiency of the investigation into the 23rd October killing of Arshad Sharif in Kenya and demanded that Pakistani authorities conduct an immediate and transparent investigation to apprehend the perpetrators.

“The union has issued a call to regional unions to establish protest camps, raising awareness of the issue, and pressuring courts and politicians to contribute to moving forward legal proceedings.

“According to Kenyan police reports, Sharif was fatally shot by police while driving to Nairobi, Kenya on 23rd October.

“After Sharif and his brother allegedly drove through a security roadblock, officers from Kenya Police Service’s paramilitary wing opened fire on the vehicle, shooting a total of nine rounds, with one hitting Sharif through the back of the head.

“Police had formed a roadblock using small stones following reports of an incident of car theft and child kidnapping.

“Kenyan authorities claimed the killing was an accident and expressed regret at the incident, with Kenya’s Independent Police Oversight Authority launching an immediate probe.

“Sharif had previously left Pakistan in August for the United Arab Emirates, spending several weeks in Kenya before his death, after multiple arbitrary First Information Reports were filed against him.

“Sharif was one of several ARY News employees charged by Pakistani authorities after the station broadcast an interview with Shahbaz Gill, aide of former Prime Minister Imran Khan during which Gill made comments critical of the military.

“One month after the killing, investigations into the incident from both Kenyan and Pakistani authorities and the planned judicial commission have made no serious headway.

“Kenyan police representatives have presented contradictions in their testimony and addresses to the media, cooperation between Kenyan and Pakistani officials has faced setbacks, and authorities in Pakistan have also faced difficulties in their investigation.

“PFUJ President, GM Jamali, and Secretary General, Rana Muhammad Azeem, said: ‘We strongly condemn the impunity for Arshad Sharif’s murder, it is disgraceful that no serious investigation has begun nearly one month after his death.

We have been asking the authorities and the Supreme Court to seriously investigate the case of Arshad Sharif’s murder, but this has so far been in vain. The PFUJ has no choice but to stage a countrywide protest to achieve justice.’ “

“The IFJ said: ‘Transparent and thorough investigations into crimes against journalists are unfortunately rare in Pakistan.

The IFJ urges the authorities in Pakistan and Kenya to complete an immediate and thorough investigation into Arshad Sharif’s murder so impunity is not permitted to run rife for this crime.

The safety of journalists in Pakistan must be protected and the government must fulfil its international obligations under the Pakistani Constitution regarding freedom of expression and freedom of the press.’”


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.