ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) dismissed a plea on Wednesday, declaring it non-maintainable, which sought directives for a joint investigation team (JIT) to interrogate individuals, including the Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), in connection with journalist Arshad Sharif’s murder. The plea was filed last week by the mother of the deceased journalist.
In its written order, the apex court clarified that its role was limited to facilitating the investigation into the assassination of Arshad Sharif and it did not have the authority to dictate the course of the investigation.
Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, the counsel representing the mother of the slain journalist, had previously provided the names of certain individuals whom his client suspected to have knowledge about the conspirators and perpetrators involved in her son’s assassination.
During the hearing of the suo motu notice case on Sharif’s murder in Kenya, Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial expressed dissatisfaction with the progress of the investigation. He emphasized the importance of uncovering the motives behind the killing and emphasized the need to examine the vehicle in which the journalist was killed.
The lawyer representing the mother of the deceased journalist requested an investigation involving five individuals, including the PTI chairman. However, the chief justice directed the lawyer to approach the Special Joint Investigation Team (JIT).
The Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP), Mansoor Usman Awan, informed the bench that the Special JIT report had been delayed, but communication with Interpol was ongoing.
The chief justice highlighted that a mutual cooperation agreement with Kenya, as stated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, needed to be signed before the case could proceed.
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