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Arshad killing: SC asks JIT to debate risk of UN involvement in probe

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Courtroom Justice Ijazul Ahsan has requested investigators to debate with the international ministry the potential of involving the United Nations within the homicide probe of journalist Arshad Sharif.

A 5 decide bigger bench, headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, and comprising Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan, Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail and Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar on Thursday heard the suo moto of the brutal killing of journalist Arshad Sharif.

The TLTP learnt that police submitted a 13-page interim report back to the courtroom about investigations into journalist Sharif’s homicide for the perusal of the judges in chambers solely. The chief justice famous that there are “deep factors” within the report that would not be mentioned within the courtroom. He additional famous that some digital tools belonging to Arshad Sharif had but to be recovered.

The courtroom famous that some necessary objects/proof is both with the Kenyan intelligence company, police or two Pakistani, who have been with Arshad Sharif in Kenya in his final days. The bench requested AAGP to debate with the international ministry the potential of involving the United Nations on this matter.

The widow of senior journalist Arshad Sharif expressed reservations on two members of the SJIT, saying “the 2 officers of the Group are subordinate of the accused, subsequently, doesn’t belief them”. The chief justice stated they’ll embody the retired officers.

The chief justice instructed her to ‘have religion as establishments work on belief’. She then went on to request the apex courtroom to incorporate terrorism and abetment (Part 109) costs within the case. “These costs could be added at any level,” stated Justice Naqvi.

Justice Mandokhel stated the JIT would study the case from all elements.

Justice Naqvi stated the courtroom was not interfering within the investigation. “The courtroom is giving freedom to the JIT for probe and the matter needs to be investigated transparently because the courtroom could be very critical about clear investigation.”

Onset of the listening to, Extra Lawyer Basic for Pakistan (AAGP) Aamir Rehman knowledgeable the courtroom that the JIT had recorded statements of 41 witnesses, who can be found in Pakistan whereas Kenyan authorities had instructed the crew go to the nation to document the statements of required officers after January 15. He instructed that the JIT would spend two weeks in Kenya for this objective. The federal government has additionally despatched a mutual authorized help (MLA) request to Kenyan authorities on January 4, he added.

The AAGP additional knowledgeable that the federal authorities has offered the requisite funds to the SJIT in order that they go to research additional on this matter. He additional instructed that the Ministry of Overseas Affairs is cooperating totally and ensured the requisite assist, including as quickly because the Mutual Authorized Assistant is responded the SJIT members shall go to Kenya to proceed investigation.

Justice Ijazul Ahsan famous that there are three phases on this investigation. “The primary is to probe into the circumstances that pressured [Sharif] to depart Pakistan, the second part is expounded to [his stay in] Dubai, and the third part is concerning the investigation in Kenya,” he defined.

The case is adjourned till first week of February.

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