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SC hints at forming judicial commission in Arshad Sharif murder case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) has hinted at establishing a judicial commission to investigate the death of senior journalist Arshad Sharif.

According to reports, the Supreme Court has issued a written verdict in the Arshad Sharif murder case.

If the court is not satisfied with the investigation, a judicial commission will be formed, according to the written verdict.

The counsel for Arshad Sharif’s family, Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, has objected to the court proceedings, claiming that the Supreme Court can monitor and investigate cases involving basic rights but cannot monitor the JIT’s investigation.

According to the court, the Attorney General informed the court about the Kenyan side’s bilateral cooperation, but they did not respond to the legal cooperation with Pakistani officials.

The written verdict also stated that the court has granted JIT three additional weeks to conduct the investigation abroad.

The Supreme Court can convene a judicial commission because the murder of prominent journalist Arshad Sharif is also a violation of basic human rights.

Furthermore, the court has received over 5000 letters in connection with the Arshad Sharif murder investigation. The case will now be reopened in April.

Previously, the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) expressed regret over the lack of progress in the Arshad Sharif murder case.

After five weeks, the Supreme Court took suo moto notice of the case, according to CJP. “We are not supervising the probe, but rather facilitating it.”

The JIT was not being provided with funds for Kenya and UAE visits to investigate, but after the SC intervened, the government released the funds, according to the CJP.

It is worth noting that the senior journalist was assassinated on October 23 in Nairobi, Kenya, where he was living in self-exile.

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