UN calls on Kenya to probe Arshad Sharif’s murder

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations has called for a thorough investigation into the circumstances in which top anchorperson Arshad Sharif was shot dead in Kenya.

Sharif was shot dead by the Kenyan police on the night of Sunday in what the authorities said was a “mistaken identity” shooting on the outskirts of the capital Nairobi.

The police report said that his vehicle drove through a roadblock without stopping even after officers opened fire. The circumstances of Sharif’s death sparked widespread outrage in Pakistan and calls for an investigation.

“I saw the tragic reports about the incident,” UN secretary-general’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in response to a question at the regular noon briefing at the UN Headquarters in New York.

He hoped the Kenyan authorities would investigate the circumstance in which the journalist was killed.

A day earlier, the US State Department urged the Kenyan authorities to fully investigate Sharif’s death.

State Department Spokesperson Ned Price called for a probe into the matter.

“We encourage a full investigation by the Government of Kenya into his death. It’s not entirely clear that we know all the circumstances at this point regarding what led to his death, but we do urge a full investigation,” the spokesperson said.

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