ARY News ‘sacked’ anchor Arshad Sharif on Wednesday for violating the company’s code-of-conduct with his social media posts.
“ARY Network’s code-of-conduct for its employees clearly states that any posts by an employee on social media strictly has to be in accordance with the company’s policy. Thus with a heavy heart we would like to announce that after a journey of eight years together, ARY has parted ways with Arshad Sharif. We wish him all the best for his future endeavours,” the television channel said in a tweet.
The post was retweeted by the anchor sans comment.
Two FIRs had been lodged against Arshad earlier in May for sedition. The FIRs cited anti-military remarks he had made on YouTube alongside journalist Matiuallah Jan. Another FIR was registered against Sharif and anchor Sabir Shakir in the same vain. The FIR said the two had used the analogy of Mir Jaffar and Mir Sadiq to spread anti-army feelings.