Funeral prayers of senior journalist and television anchorperson Arshad Sharif were offered amid high security at Islamabad Faisal Mosque on Thursday.
In a “mistaken identity” case, Sharif was shot and killed by Kenyan police on Sunday night as he was on his way to Nairobi.
Scores of people, including members of the journalism community, came to the funeral prayer for Sharif. He will be buried at the H-11 cemetery in the nation’s capital immediately after receiving the final salutations from his loved ones, friends, and admirers.
Early on Wednesday, Sharif’s body was airlifted from Kenya to Pakistan. His body was picked up by family members at the airport in Islamabad.
In its initial report, Kenya’s police acknowledged killing him. According to the Kenyan police, Sharif was shot in the head after a case of mistaken identity.
An eight-member medical board from the PIMS hospital performed a postmortem on his body at the hospital per the family’s request. The family requested that an OMFS surgeon and an ENT surgeon be added to the medical team.
His body was also subjected to an X-ray and a CT scan at the hospital by the PIMS medical board.
Sources said that the initial postmortem report is expected to be released today.
Professor Hashim Raza of the PIMS hospital said that forensics of the samples sent to the laboratory may take some days.