Arshad Sharif, prominent journalist who fled Pakistan, killed in shooting in KenyaReuters
The death of an influential journalist from Pakistan following a shooting in Kenya has raised questions about the role of Pakistan’s spy agency the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in the murder.
Arshad Sharif was one of the most prominent critics of Pakistan’s military establishment, which has ruled the country for the last decade.
He was a respected editor of a leading news magazine “Zaban“, whose reports often went against the military’s point of view.
His killing came just a few days after a report by journalist Bilal Sarwari, who broke the news of Osama bin Laden’s death in Pakistan earlier in the day.
Sarwari’s account of bin Laden’s death on May 2 provoked outrage in Pakistan, forcing Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to issue a statement denying that his death had been staged.
Although the official version of the bin Laden death was that he was killed by a U.S. drone strike, Pakistani authorities later admitted that he was already dead when they killed him.
The Pakistani government was also under pressure from a political movement to crack down on free speech.
In May, Pakistan’s top Supreme Court rejected a petition to ban the publication of two books critical of the military that were being published in Pakistani bookshops.
Sharif’s death comes after similar cases of writers who were killed after criticising the military in the past: writers Khawaja Muhammad Ali, Zahoor ul-Islam and Farhaj Ahmad Jan, who were shot dead in 1999 in Peshawar, and writer Dr. Raheel Sharif, who was shot dead in 2010 after he criticized the military.
According to his family, Sharif, who was 45, was shot with a gun in his hands by a gunman who entered his home in Eldoret, Kenya, on the same day as his mother, who was at home at the time, was forced to flee.
Sharif’s killing comes after a string of deadly attacks against journalists in Kenya.
On the same day as Sharif