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Arshad Sharif Death: Senior journalist shot dead in ‘mistaken identity’ case, Kenyan police

Senior journalist Arshad Sharif was shot dead in a mistaken identity case, it was confirmed by Kenyan police on Monday.

According to the details Arshad Sharif was killed by police after he and his driver allegedly breached a roadblock.

“Senior journalist and anchorperson Arshad Sharif was shot dead by the police Sunday night in a mistaken identity case while travelling to Nairobi from the country’s Magadi town,” reported Kenyan newspaper The Star citing law enforcement officials.

“We had an incident of shooting which turned out to be a case of mistaken identity involving a journalist. We will release more information later,” a Kenyan police officer told the newspaper.

“Sharif was shot in the head and killed by police after he and his driver allegedly breached a roadblock,” he said.

The news of Arshad Sharif’s death has left every on devestated in the home country.

Arshad Sharif is survived by a widow and five children.

The slain journalist was previously associated with ARY News. He left for Dubai after resigning from the channel a few weeks ago.

As reported, before going to Kenya, he was spotted in London a few days back after arriving from Dubai.

Federal Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb confirmed that the body of Arshad Sharif, the slain Pakistani senior journalist, has been identified in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

“Pakistan High Commissioner, Kenyan police authorities, and doctors are currently in the mortuary, where Sharif’s body has been kept,” the minister said. 

She added that the procedure for the repatriation of his body had been initiated. “We have requested Kenyan authorities to expedite the procedure,” Aurangzeb further said.

On the other hand, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari expressed grief over the death of the journalist and said that the Pakistani government is in contact with Kenyan authorities in this regard.

“The unbelievable incident of journalist Arshad Sharif’s murder is extremely shocking and an irreparable loss to the journalist community of Pakistan.”

“I offer my condolences to journalist Arshad Sharif’s family, journalist community, and his fans,” said the foreign minister.

Details of the incident involving the slain Pakistani journalist are being shared from Kenya.



The brutal killing in a case of mistaken identity has left the citizens fuming on social media. While voices demand an investigation into the matter.






Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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