As per the directives of the Supreme Court, a new Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been formulated to probe into the murder of journalist Arshad Sharif who was killed in Kenya in October.
The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the JIT to submit a progress report to the court every two weeks. The order was given by a five-member bench, comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan, Justice Jamal Mandokhel, Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi and Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar during the continuation of the hearing today.
Additional Attorney General (AAG) Aamir Rehman submitted a notification to the court informing them about the constituents of the new JIT.
As per the notification, the new JIT consists of Islamabad police DIG Awais Ahmed, Muhammad Aslam (Inter-Services Intelligence), Murtaza Afzal (Military Intelligence), Federal Investigation Agency Cybercrime Director Waqaruddin Syed and Intelligence Bureau Deputy Director General Sajid Kiani.
The AAG also told the court that the while the new JIT consisted of five members, it would not hesitate to contact the Islamabad police or Interpol if additional assistance was needed. The foreign ministry too, he said, has been notified to cooperate with the JIT in the issuance of visas and assistance in foreign jurisdictions.
The JIT was told it had to submit progress reports every two weeks, and that it could file a plea if it faced any obstacles. “We are giving the JIT two weeks’ time,”CJP Bandial said, and adjourned the hearing till early January.