PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Tuesday issued an apology and deleted a tweet regarding slain journalist Arshad Sharif after it was deemed “insensitive and shameful” and drew widespread condemnation from politicians, journalists and activists.

Sharif was shot dead in Kenya allegedly by the local police on Sunday night, with an official police statement later expressing “regrets on the unfortunate incident” and saying an investigation was underway.

Initially, Kenyan media quoted the local police as saying Sharif was shot dead by police in a case of “mistaken identity”.

The news was received with shock and condolences from across the political aisle.

Maryam, at around 3pm on Tuesday, retweeted a tweet which claimed that Sharif, during his lifetime, had mocked the circumstances of PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif’s mother’s death only to meet a similar end himself.

The PML-N leader retweeted the post with the caption, “This is a lesson for mankind that we must all imbibe.”

Meanwhile, there are tweets on social media of Arshad Sharif’s wife, Javeria, dating back to 2015 and 2018 wherein she praised Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, the mother of Maryam. She condoled and prayed for Begum Kulsoom Nawaz on her death in 2018.

Anchorperson and senior journalist Shahzeb Khanzada said Maryam’s tweet was highly condemnable and a “shameful act”.

“A journalist has been murdered. This is your government. This is your government’s responsibility to bring him justice and at this moment you are showing your mindset,” he said.

Mazhar Abbas, Salim Safi, Asma Shirazi and several other journalists, PTI’s Fawad Chaudhry and others have tweeted condemning messages against Maryam.

After catching flak on both social and conventional media, Maryam, in a separate tweet issued eight hours after her original tweet, said that she was “undoing the tweet” and apologised for the “hurt it may have caused to the aggrieved which was never my intention”.

However, her apology has been rejected by the social media users. There are several hashtags on the social media condemning Maryam Nawaz.


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