The fact-finding team looking into the murder of Arshad Sharif has determined that his death was not a case of mistaken identity as the Kenyan police had initially stated, but rather a case of premeditated and targeted assassination by transnational personalities.
The team’s assessment states that it is impossible to completely reject out “transnational roles” played in the case by people from Kenya, Dubai, and Pakistan.
It said that “under influence, either pecuniary or by some other compulsion, the four GSU (General Service Unit) police officials and OC GSU Training camp had been employed as tools in this case.”
According to the report, Waqar, who sponsored and provided housing for the journalist, has ties to the Kenyan National Intelligence Service (NIS), as well as other foreign organizations and law enforcement.
It went on to say that Waqar’s connection to the NIS was “established” by the fact that he gave Sharif’s iPad and personal mobile phone to a NIS agent rather than to the police. His connections to both national and international organizations open up a range of potential transnational characters in this case.
The study also said that Khurram’s explanations of the events and the crime scene, who was the driver of the automobile at the time Sharif was killed, were illogical and unsupported by the evidence, and that there were no gunshot penetration marks on Sharif’s car seat.
The journalist was really shot from behind, and the bullet left his body via the right side of his chest. According to the investigation, Sharif’s seating posture, the locations of the gunners, and the line of fire did not correspond to Khurram’s account.
The study also stated that the comments made by the GSU police officers are contradictory and that the Kenyan police’s assertions that the occurrence was a case of “mistaken identification” are full of inconsistencies.
“Their account of the events is not credible”
Further evidence that Sharif had been tortured before his death came from Pakistan’s post-mortem report, which noted that the left hand’s four missing fingernails belonged to the victim journalist.
The Kenyan post-mortem did identify “fingernails” collected as DNA samples, but it went on to say that it did not specify how many fingernails were removed.
The study said that there was “no substantial evidence to demonstrate that Arshad Sharif was tortured prior to the assassination, keeping in view the apparent disparities in the two post-mortem investigations.”
Additionally, it claimed that Sharif had “compelling reasons to leave Pakistan due to criminal proceedings launched against him in several districts” and that Emirati officials had forced him to depart the UAE.
The study emphasized that there are five principles in international criminal law that call upon the criminal jurisdiction of any nation. The territorial principle, nationality principle, passive personality principle, protection principle, and universal principle are some of these tenets.
With the aforementioned information in mind, the fact-finding team suggested that a case be opened at the Counter Terrorism Wing (CTW) of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in accordance with Section 4 of the Pakistan Penal Code and the Anti-Terrorism Act. The concept of nationality in the context of international criminal law is covered in this section.
The team was assembled by the current federal administration and included two senior officials.