Faisal Vawda, who was recently expelled from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has alleged that the killing of journalist Arshad Sharif by Kenyan police was an ‘inside job’ by the PTI.
In an interview with a private news channel on Monday, the former federal minister said the murder was perpetrated by its beneficiaries in Pakistan, hinting towards the PTI.
The show host asked Vawda if he was claiming that individuals from within the PTI were involved in the assassination of Arshad Sharif, to which Vawda said, “They can be sir, now anything is possible.”
Vawda too claimed that Arshad Sharif had not wanted to leave the country, but that he knew the reasons why he was forced to leave. “I was in contact with him after he had left the country, I know this, and I also know that he wanted to come back and that there were no blockades preventing him from coming back,” he asserted.
PTI people may be behind Arshad sharif’s killing; Faisal Vawda pic.twitter.com/RLO0we5sbl
— Murtaza Ali Shah (@MurtazaViews) October 31, 2022
It is pertinent to mention here that a two-member team comprising representatives from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Investigation Bureau (IB) is currently in Kenya as part of the investigation.
On October 23, the Kenyan police admitted to killing the journalist in what, it said, was a case of ‘mistaken identity’. Sharif’s car was fired upon when, according to Kenyan police, it failed to stop at a barricade set up after a kidnapping in the city.
However many journalists and activists have pointed out the inconsistencies with the narrative surrounding his death, leading to a demand for a thorough investigation.