Imran playing dangerous game by using Arshad Sharif’s killing for petty politics: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday said that Imran Khan was playing a “dangerous game” by using senior journalist Arshad Sharif’s killing for petty politics and casting aspersions on the state institutions.

“Imran Niazi is playing a dangerous game. He is using tragic killing of Arshad Sharif for petty politics and going to the extent of casting aspersions on state institutions,” the prime minister wrote on Twitter, prior to concluding his visit to Saudi Arabia where he attended an investment summit, offered Umrah and paid respects at Roza-e-Rasool (Peace Be Upon Him).

The prime minister urged the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan to be patient and wait for findings of Judicial Commission instead of resorting to the baseless allegations.

On Tuesday, the prime minister had decided that Arshad Sharif’s killing in Kenya would be probed by a high level judicial commission for what the government would request the Islamabad High Court to designate a judge for the purpose.

He also assured the nation for a transparent probe into the tragic incident and bringing forth the facts to the nation.

Earlier in the day, acting on the directives received from the office of the prime minister, the Ministry of Interior constituted a two-person team to “ascertain the facts” related to the ghastly murder of anchorperson and outspoken government critic Arshad Sharif in Kenya.

The team includes Omar Shahid Hamid, deputy director general of Intelligence Bureau (IB), and Athar Wahid, director of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had on Tuesday announced formation of a judicial commission (JC) for an independent judicial investigation into the assassination of Arshad Sharif, an outspoken and professional journalist who was shot and killed by Nairobi police in Kenya on Sunday, and promised to share findings of the investigation with the public.

“I have decided to form a judicial commission to carry out a thorough inquiry into the killing of journalist Arshad Sharif to determine and reveal the facts surrounding the tragic incident in a transparent [and] conclusive manner,” Shehbaz Sharif tweeted.

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