Kenyan probe into Arshad murder complete: FO
A two-member investigative team that traveled to Kenya to investigate the murder of prominent journalist Arshad Sharif has completed its work, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Friday.
Speaking at a weekly press briefing, Asim Iftikhar however told reporters that the findings of the two-member team could not be disclosed at this stage.
Arshad was killed on the outskirts of Nairobi in what Kenyan police described as an incident of “mistaken identity”. However, the police claim was questioned even by the Kenyan media.
The Pakistani authorities were also not happy with the police version and therefore dispatched a two-member team made up of senior officials from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and the Intelligence Bureau (IB). Initially, an ISI official was part of the investigation team, but DG ISI removed him as the country’s top intelligence agency was also named in the journalist’s murder.
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In an unprecedented press conference, Lt. Gen. Nadeem Anjum of DG ISI confirmed that he had removed the ISI official to avoid controversy.
“In principle, this is the agreement between Pakistan and Kenya, which we had and we will continue to have full cooperation and coordination from the Kenyan authorities on this matter,” the spokesperson explained.
“As for the specifics, I feel it is not appropriate for me to disclose this, the two-member team has, at this time, completed its work at this stage. I believe under the terms of reference of this team, they will report to the Ministry of Interior, which will be the relevant government department to share all the details,” he added.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson dismissed the suggestion that Pakistan’s support for the “One China” policy and support on Taiwan and South China Sea issues would hurt its relationship with the United States.
“I don’t think so. These are Pakistan’s longstanding principled positions in support of China’s core issues. Pakistan has always expressed its support for China and we will continue to do so. I don’t think so. not that it should have an impact on our bilateral relations with other countries,” he replied when asked to comment on the matter following Prime Minister Shebhaz’s recent visit to China.
He added that Pakistan was already benefiting from CPEC. “CPEC has been on the ground for quite some time and it has helped rejuvenate Pakistan’s economic development,” he added.
He said the first phase of CPEC focused on the lack of energy and infrastructure projects.
“You are aware of the second phase which focused on agriculture, industrialization and socio-economic development, and there is renewed focus now again on some of the major infrastructure projects. The CPEC is a flagship project of the BRI. It is a project that aims for development and socio-economic progress, not only in Pakistan, but in the whole region and beyond,” the spokesperson said.