Senior journalist and anchorperson Arshad Sharif has been shot dead in Kenya’s capital Nairobi.
Sharif’s wife Javeria Siddiqui took to Twitter and confirmed the tragic news, acknowledging that her husband was killed in Kenya.
She also urged the media and the public not to share their family pictures, personal details, and Sharif’s last pictures from the hospital on social media.
Local police have initiated a probe and are investigating the matter, the sources said.
Before the confirmation from his wife came to the fore, some earlier reports had indicated that Sharif had died in an accident.
Sharif was previously associated with ARY News and had gone to Dubai after resigning from the channel. Before going to Kenya, he was spotted in London a few days back after arriving from Dubai.
Following the news of Sharif’s death, condolences started pouring in from across the country.
PTI chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan expressed his condolences over the death of journalist Arshad Sharif.
PML-N leader Hina Pervaiz Butt extended heartfelt condolences on the demise of the journalist, while PTI leader Ali Zaidi also expressed his grief on the death of Sharif.
Arshad Sharif was born in Karachi, to a Commander of the Pakistan Navy, Muhammad Sharif, on 22 February 1973.
He began his journalistic career as a freelancer in 1993 while he was still a student. He received his Master of Science in Public Administration from the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.
He specialised in investigative journalism and covered many political events in the country for national and international news organisations, including the United Kingdom. On March 23, 2019, he was awarded the Pride of Performance by President Arif Alvi for his contributions to journalism.
Arshad was the host of the Power play on news channel ARY News. He served on Aaj News as News Director. Prior to joining Aaj, he was leading the news team of Dunya TV as Director News and the host of programme Kyun.
He worked as a Bureau Chief of Dawn News in 2011.
His first media job was with a weekly publication, Pulse. He served as a columnist, reporter and managing editor in 1999. Arshad joined newspapers The News in 1999 and Dawn in 2001.