Pakistan's top court takes suo moto warning of reporter's murder in Kenya

(MENAFN) A top Pakistani court on Tuesday took suo moto warning of the heartless assassination of the country's famous reporter Arshad Sharif in Kenya and ordered the government to file a case by tonight.

A large bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, ruled by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, heard the case and released orders to the federal government to file the first information report (FIR), 43 days following his "targeted" murder in Kenya.

The court led the government experts worried to present the FIR copy and the inquiry report done by the two-member investigation team, which went to Kenya and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where he stayed after withdrawing from Pakistan, on Wednesday, when the hearing will continue.

“The journalist community in the country and the public at large are deeply distressed and are concerned about the death of the senior journalist and are seeking the court’s scrutiny of the matter,” the court stated.

“The FIR should be registered by tonight,” Bandial ordered the administration.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif agreed on the development, claiming “I had already written a letter to Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan for setting up a Judicial Commission to probe the murder.”


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