According to a statement released by the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial has taken suo motu notice of the “brutal assassination” of journalist Arshad Sharif.
The change occurs three days after Imran Khan, the leader of the PTI, wrote a letter to CJP Bandial requesting that he undertake an impartial judicial investigation into the death of Sharif, who was shot dead in Kenya on October 24.
In a letter addressed to the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif stated that a judicial commission would be established to investigate the situation last month.
The statement claimed that the supreme court will hear the case at 12:30 p.m. today because “the journalism community in the country and the public at large are greatly shocked and worried over the murder of the prominent journalist and are demanding the court’s inspection of the matter.”
The notifications had also been sent to the heads of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Intelligence Bureau (IB), and the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, as well as the secretaries of the interior, foreign affairs, information, and broadcasting (PFUJ).
The announcement stated that the case would be heard by a five-member bench led by the CJP.
Imran and other PTI officials have been calling for a probe into the “targeted death” of the well-known journalist, alleging that he had been compelled to flee Pakistan for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and afterward the Gulf area, where he had briefly resided before traveling to Kenya. However, the Foreign Office has denied these allegations.
On November 2, Sharif’s mother sent a letter to the CJP asking for the creation of a powerful judicial panel to look into the assassination.