FIA’s fact-finding committee sought details regarding the slain journalist’s visit to the UAE.
On Tuesday, the Federal Investigation Agency’s fact-finding committee wrote a letter to the Dubai Police seeking details regarding slain journalist Arshad Sharif and assassinated in Kenya in October.
After several cases were registered against him, he escaped in August to avoid detention and sedition charges during an interview with PTI leader Shehbaz Gul, during which he had made controversial remarks.
Sharif shifted to Dubai in August and later to Kenya after his life was threatened. During his stay in the emirate, the FIA asked the Dubai Police to provide the journalist’s visa, travel documents, and other facts and CCTV footage.
The committee asked whether the authorities of the United Arab Emirates revoked Sharif. FIA has also asked call data records of the phone numbers of Arshad Sharif, Salman Iqbal, and Tariq Wasi.
The FIA asked to provide facts on the arrival and departure of Pakistani passport holders from August 10 to August 20 on behalf of the UAE authorities.
The FIA has requested the details regarding allegations that the UAE government officially asked Arshad Sharif to flee the country.
Foreign Office spokesperson Asim Iftikhar rejected the “disinformation on social media” and said the FO was unaware of any such letter at the weekly media briefing.
Foreign Office spokesperson stated, “We have seen such reports, spreading disinformation on social media as well, where some people were suggesting that there was a letter and it was allegedly signed by the foreign minister.”
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah proclaimed that the facts show that a well-known Pakistani journalist was targeted in Kenya and not an accidental shooting. However, they need more details about the incident.